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An Analysis Of Three Short Stories Written By Kate Chopin, 1914.

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An analysis of three short stories written by Kate Chopin, 1914.

Kate Chopin, a pre 1914 author was born in 1850, in Missouri, USA. She
was the third child of five for her parents Mr and Mrs O’Flaherty;
however she was their only child to live past the age twenty-five. Her
upbringing was very unfortunate, when she was only 5 she was sent to a
boarding school but returned home on hearing the news that her father
had died. She remained home and stayed there for a further two years
with her mother and other female relatives. She was once again sent to
the catholic boarding school and carried on her education until she
graduated, she was well known and won many medals for her academic
successes. She grew up surrounded by single independent women and
this must have been a huge influence on her life, but in 1863 her
grandmother died three days before Christmas, her friend Kitty was
also banished from the convent and to make everything much worse her
half brother, George died in the war. Critics now believe that this
year shaped her and created her strong scepticism of religion. Chopin
lived in the time of the American civil war and her mother was a slave
holder, I believe this is where she got most of her inspiration from
for ‘The father of Dessires Baby’. Her stories concentrate on the
lives of women, but the types of women vary from prostitutes to rich
and powerful.

Kate Chopin lived in a very prejudiced society, specifically involving
racism; this was so strong that a mixed race marriage was totally
unconceivable. This is evident within ‘The father of Dessires baby’;
the character knows that he will lose his respect and dignity if he
remained with his wife, however he has no hesitations because he knows
that all the slaves are gossiping about him and the mixed race baby.
Their society was ruled by the wealthy, the poor and coloured had no
rights, and they were bought and sold by the rich, then used as
slaves. There is evidence of this within ‘The Father of Dessires
baby’, the author mentions that he is so happy that he doesn’t beat
his slaves anymore, this shows that he actually had the right to beat
them because they were his property. Kate Chopin’s short stories are
all based on her experiences and have been influenced by the society
that she lived in. In 1870, at the age of twenty she married Oscar
Chopin, he was the son of a wealthy cotton growing family. Unlike the
female characters Chopin writes of, her independence and intelligence
was admired by her husband. They lived in New Orleans and had seven
children before she was twenty eight, but was forced to move back to
her husbands’ smaller home as he lost some money. He eventually died
in 1882 while she ran the business. Two years later she moved back to
her mothers, but she died a year later. To support her family she
wrote short stories about people she had known these became very
successful. She has published over one hundred stories, essays and...

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