The Experiences Of Kate Chopin, The Story Of An Hour

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There are few writers that manage to capture the attention of readers, even fewer are the writers that both captivate and inspire their audience. Kate Chopin is one of those writers. She has and continues to inspire millions of readers with her work which include Désirée’s Baby, “The Story of an Hour”, The Storm, The Awakening, and much more. Kate Chopin was not afraid to touch on subjects that were often suppressed and ignored such as racism and the oppression of women. Kate Chopin’s work was heavily influenced by her life’s experiences. Kate Chopin was born on February 8, 1850 under the name Katherine O’Flaherty. She was the daughter of a successful businessman and a mother who was a well-connected member of the French community in St. Louis, …show more content…
This was the case because the story follows the emotions of a woman named Louise Mallard for an hour after she learns of her husband 's unexpected death. At first she is overcome with grief and sadness when suddenly, an unexpected burst of happiness took over her entire body and soul as she screamed “Free! Body and soul free!”. Finally, her husband unexpectedly walks in the house and Louise has a heart attack and dies as a result. One way that “The Story of an Hour” was influenced by Kate Chopin’s life was that Kate’s husband Oscar also died died unexpectedly, similar to Louise. In this story, Kate Chopin was attempting to accurately display the emotions that she had felt at the time of her husband 's death through the emotions of Louise Mallard. Yet another example of how Chopin’s life influenced this piece of work was how Louise felt free after learning of her husband’s death. This is a raw display of just how oppressed women were during Kate Chopin’s lifetime; where a woman may feel free and happy when her husband died. In summary, “The Story of an Hour” is an eye-opening piece of literature that drew heavy influence from Kate Chopin’s life and the time she lived …show more content…
In Kate Chopin’s short story Désirée’s Baby, published in 1895, the issue of racism is brought up and is shown on full display (katechopin). In this story, a baby named Désirée is adopted by a rich French Creole couple. When Désirée grows up, she gets married and has a child with another rich French Creole man named Armand. The problem starts when people begin to realize that the baby is part black and since Désirée’s parents are unknown; Armand immediately accuses Désirée of being black (gradesaver). Armand then kicks her out of the house and she is never seen again. Soon after, Armand discovers through a letter his mother sent to his father that it is he that is part black (eastoftheweb). One example of how Kate Chopin’s life influenced this story was how Chopin grew up and lived in the south before, during, and after the civil war where even after the war; the idea of slavery and racism was a very real thing. Another example of how Chopin’s life influenced Désirée’s Baby was through her experiences with the Creole population. It’s well known that the French Creole population wasn’t completely accepting of outsiders, it’s evident in this story but also very apparent in her novel The Awakening. In all, the short story Désirée’s Baby was influenced by Kate Chopin’s experiences with the Creole population and her time in the

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