Essay on Simone de Beauvoir

1626 Words Mar 17th, 2001 7 Pages
A lot of things happened in Simone de Beauvoir's life, most having to do with women and the way they were treated. She was a very observant person, and her writing reflects that. Simone de Beauvoir's writings attempted to deal on paper with the vast emotions conjured by her life experiences, particularly women she knew who were "assassinated by bourgeois morality." ("Simone")
Simone de Beauvoir was born in Paris, France on January 9, 1908. She was raised by a Catholic mother from Verdun, and a father who was a lawyer who enjoyed participating in amateur theatrical productions. As family finances dwindled during World War I, Beauvoir saw the household chores that were burdened on her mother and decided that she herself would never become
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Her loss of faith created a serious lack of communication with her mother. ("Simone")
Beauvoir was convinced during several years of her adolescence that she was in love with her cousin Jacques Champigneulles, who introduced her to books by such French authors as Andre Gide, Alain-Fournier, Henry de Montherlant, Jean Cocteau, Paul Claudel, and Paul Valery. These books enraged Beauvoir's mother, who had pinned together pages of books in their home library that she did not want her daughters to read. Jacques Champigneulles, however, was unwilling to make a commitment either to Beauvoir or to anything else, and the Beauvoir sisters were shocked when he chose to marry the wealthy sister of one of his friends.
Even as a young girl, Beauvoir had a passion for capturing her life on paper:
In the first volume of her autobiography, Memoires d'une jeune fille rangee (Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter), she looked back with amusement at her determination, recorded in her adolescent diary, to "tell all"; yet her memoirs, her fiction, her essays, her interviews, and her prefaces do indeed record events, attitudes, customs, and ideas that help define approximately seven decades of the twentieth century. ("Simone")
It was through Rene Maheu, a classmate, that Beauvoir first met Jean-Paul Sartre in a study group. In Sartre, Beauvoir found the partner that she dreamed of as a child:
As she remarked in

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