Kate Chopin is a well-known American author who is known for her novels about women. Kate was born on February 8, 1880 in St. Louis, Missouri. Her parents were Eliza and Thomas O’Flaherty. When she was twenty-years old she married Oscar Chopin and they had six children, five boys and one girl. After her husband died she starting writing to support her family. Then from then on she was a writer. Kate Chopin strongly portrays the central themes of women’s lives, the experiences women go through, and women’s search to find themselves, based on her childhood and family background, the historical time period in which she lived in, her religious values, and her lifestyle choices.
Kate Chopin grew up around independent women who influenced most of her themes about women’s lives. Kats father died when she was almost six, after his death her mother took her out of her catholic school she attended to live at home. The widows of her family were a big influence in her writings; they taught her how to be a lady. She later went back to her school were, “the nuns there taught her to live a life of the mind as well as the life at home” (3). All most all of her themes are about women and that is mostly because of her family, like in the book The Storm it’s about, “two lovers infidelity during a thunder storm” (3). All of these reasons are why she writes about women in her themes and they all came from her childhood experiences.
Kate Chopin grew up during the Civil War. The Civil War was a war between the North and the South. It was all started over the South wanting the states to have a say is they should have slaves or not, not the government. During the war they had slaves in her house and, “her family supported the South” (1). The Civil War, “caused her to be separated from her one friend she made at Sacred Heart Academy, Kitty Garesche” (1). When the war ended Kate was sad because she had lost her grandmother and half-brother during the war and that was how one of the nuns helped her find her ability to write. Kate Chopin did not write about the Civil War in her novels. Therefore Kate grew up in the Civil War and it affected her life.
Kate Chopin was a Catholic and went to a Catholic school were the nuns taught her things and is one of the reasons one of her themes is women’s search to find themselves. The Catholic schools she attended was called Sacred Heart Academy were the nuns there...