“There are always dreamers on the frontier,” as quoted in Willa Cather’s novel, O Pioneers!. Cather was especially one of these dreamers, as she moved to Nebraska at only nine years old; a move that would transform her world. Cather’s life was changed by her move to the barren state of Nebraska, which was caused by the historical events occurring at the time. The government had just passed the Homestead laws and the Civil War had just ended, causing movement to the West. Cather immediately had a change of emotions in her new environment, so she used writing to express them.
The entire town and atmosphere of Red Cloud served as the backdrop for most of Cather’s novels and short stories. She said herself that “the years from eight to fifteen are the formative period in ... ... middle of paper ... ... Her life’s contribution to society is remembered and praise. Cather was a modernist, but more than that, she was an amazing writer whose novels and writings are relevant and still touch readers today as they did when she had first written them. Resource Page Great Websites: www.unl.edu/Cather : The Willa Cather Electronic Archive http://www.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/chap7/cather.html : Perspectives in American Literature, a Research and Reference Guide www.ibiblio.org http://www.gradesaver.com/ClassicNotes/Authors/about_willa_cather.html Bibliography Brown, E.K.
An Analysis of Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" Alice Walker's novel, The Color Purple, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1982. This novel, in addition to her short story collections and other novels, continue to touch the emotions of a vast audience. This ability, according to critics, has "solidified her reputation as one of the major figures in contemporary literature" (Gwynn 462). Born to sharecroppers in Eatonton, Georgia, in 1944, Alice Walker's life was not always easy. Her parents strived to provide a home at a time when political and social unrest were at their highest.
The works of Emily Dickinson will forever be remembered and the connections she made with readers throughout the centuries will be lasting. Her lifestyle was different than the poets of her time, but her isolation in her home and many tragedies in her life led to the beautiful and unique poems and letters she wrote. Emily Dickinson’s works changed American Literature and any of the people that read her work. Works Cited "Emily Dickinson - Biography." Emily Dickinson.
Kate Chopin’s literary career began to flourish after her husband’s death and her deep intimate thoughts of her social and marital status were revealed in her fictitious works. Her imagination that she had put into her works was perceived to be her own intimate thoughts that she longed to live during her marriage. She had a “pursuit of solitude, independence, and an identity apart from her children—and apart from the men who always admired her.” (Chopin 114) Her beginning literary career quickly prospered yet came to an abrupt ending once her book The Awakening was criticized for its feminist delivery, adultery, immorality, and its attempt to advocate for the repressed women of the 19th century. Today Kate Chopin’s works do not receive such condemnation and are highly conceived as great literary works. Due to Kate Chopin’s life evolving in the 19th century, when women’s place was thought to be in the home, raising children, and putting all their dedication into their husband’s wishes and lifestyle, her work did not receive the desired attention that only came after her death in 1904.
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Kate Chopin and How the Feminist Movement Inspired Her Writings Kate Chopin was an American author who wrote novels as well as short stories. Her work was extraordinary and some of her greatest work was based on the feminist movement. Kate Chopin became known throughout the world as one of the most influential writers during the feminist movement. She has attracted great attention from scholars along with students, and her work has been translated into many different languages. Kate Chopin was born February 8, 1851 in St. Louis.
Occasionally, both black and white supporters reviewed her books (McKay). She demonstrates a larger pattern of white American culture to be substantially inspiring in her interest with politics (“Hurston,” Authors). The works of Hurston would affect on her literary work that is shared through others. Understanding Zora Neale Hurston’s typical themes and concerns in her body of literary work not only helps her readers analyze her short story, “Sweat,” but also helps readers appreciate Hurston’s significance in the canon of women’s writing. Hurston’s career appeared at the paths of her success as a writer and an anthropologist (“Hurston,” Gale).
In the late 1800s, a crusade began that campaigned for the rights of women across America: the Feminist Movement. Using this movement as inspiration, Kate Chopin bewitches her primarily female readers with a writing style that emphasizes the importance of emotion and encourages the independence of women in a world dominated by men. In her novel, The Awakening, Chopin flawlessly illustrates the radical yet alluring character transformation of her protagonist, Edna Pontellier, as she struggles to surmount marital and societal conflict in the hopes of being reborn. To fully grasp The Awakening, it is important to understand both into the life of Kate Chopin and the time period in which it was published. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Chopin was raised by her mother’s extended French family after her father’s death in a train accident.