Kate Chopin Literary Analysis

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Kate Chopin Biography Kate Chopin was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She was born on February 8, 1850 to Thomas O'Flaherty and Eliza Faris. Her father was Irish and her mother was French Canadian, so she became bilingual at a very young age. As a child, she was an avid reader of fairy tales, poetry, and classic novels. Growing up, she was most widely influenced by her mother and grandmother after her father was killed in a train accident when she was four years old. She attended school until she graduated at the age of 17. In 1870 she married Oscar Chopin and moved with him to New Orleans. However in 1880 when they suffered financial problems and were forced to move in with her father-in-law, where Oscar Chopin took over his father's plantation. Soon after, 1883 Oscar Chopin died, and she had to take over the plantation. Later, in the mid-1880’s she sold all her property and moved back with her mother in St. Louis. Chopin’s career started when relatives and friends began to compliment her on letters that she would send. She began to write short stories for magazines and newspapers in 1889. In 1890 she published her first novel: At Fault. Her early work was influenced by her favorite writers: Guy de Maupassant, Alphonse Daudet, and Molière. She wrote several more novels and short stories, with her most famous (and also most controversial) being: The Awakening. After publishing The Awakening “Chopin’s career was ruined by the critical and public reaction, she had difficulties finding publishers for later works and was ousted from local library groups.”i (Poupard, 1985) On August 20th 1904 Kate Chopin suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while she was at a fair. On August 21st she went unconscious and died the next day. After her death, a lot of her work was practically forgotten until half a century later. People began to notice her work again after a
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