Centuries of great American authors has brought America what we call today,
literature. Over time, thousands of brilliant authors have recorded their thoughts into many
novels. Many of these authors will never be forgotten because of the impact they have made
on American society. Americans generally like authors who write about their life. These
authors write about their life but not exactly come out and say that is what they are thinking
and feeling. Kate Chopin is one writer who says what she is feeling in her novels, she uses
different characters and different scenes, but the true hidden secret is Kate’s stories are her.
Kate had a rather difficult childhood. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri on
February 8, 1850. She belonged to the parents of Eliza and Thomas O’Flatery. Growing up
she had four siblings, but her two sisters died as infants. The only siblings left were her two
brothers. Her brothers, however died in their early twenties in the Civil War. “Kate was the
only child to life past the age of twenty.” (http://www.vcu.edu/engweb/eng384/katebio.htm).
In 1855 Mr. O’Flatery died when he was attending a business trip. The train he was aboard
crashed when the bridge it was crossing suddenly collapsed.
(http://www.vcu.edu/engweb/eng384/katebio.htm). The same year that Kate’s father past
away, she enrolled into the Sacred Heart Academy. While at the Academy Kate only had
one truly close friend, Kitty Gareshe. Soon after Kate met Kitty, Kitty was forced to move.
Kate grew up during the Civil War era: Kitty’s parents were slave holders, therefore, Kitty’s family was forced out of the anti - slavery town, St. Louis.
Kate was always a very superstitious person. She was superstitious because it
seemed like everything bad that happened in her life, happened on a holiday. For example,
“Kate’s grandmother died three...