The Awakening - Arko Dewri Period 3 AP Language The Awakening 1 Research Kate Chopins life Kate Chopin was born on February 8 1851 at St Louis Missouri

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Arko Dewri Period 3 AP Language August 10, 2010 The Awakening 1. Research Kate Chopin’s life: Kate Chopin was born on February 8, 1851, at St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Her birthname was Katherine O’Flaherty. She was the third of five siblings. She graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 1868. In 1870, at the age of twenty, she married Oscar Chopin and thus derived the name of Kate Chopin. Chopin had six children by the age of twenty-one. Her husband was a well-known business man, who managed several plantations and stores in the South. Chopin accumulated materials for her future writing from living in the South, as she came close to the culture of the Creoles. In 1882, her husband, Oscar, dies leaving her in debt of $12,000. So, for a while, Chopin ran Oscar’s business and through the course of the event, she was found flirting with local men with whom she negotiated the business. She was even engaged in a relationship with a married farmer. This segment of Chopin’s life very much illustrates that of Edna, who is a character from Chopin’s novel, The Awakening . Hence, Chopin related her own life experiences into her works. Although she made an honest effort to preserve her husband’s plantations, she had to sell them at last and move back to St. Louis. The death of Chopin’s husband and later the death of her mother caused her to wind up in depression. During the dark times of her depression, a family doctor, Frederick Kolbenheyer, helped her to acquire therapeutic healing. This family doctor is the one who was portrayed as the doctor who helped Edna, in The Awakening . When Chopin started to write articles and short stories in periodicals, she found her depression going away and thus she was awakened. Just as Edna found her passion in art, Chopin found her passion in writing. During the following years, Chopin wrote The Awakening , At Fault , A Respectable
Woman , The Kiss , The Unexpected , Beauty of the Baby and Lilacs . Soon, she became renowned as a novelist and a short story write; the type of genre that Chopin’s writing conveyed in realistic fiction. A large part of her work portrayed feminism; Chopin wanted to illustrate the social, cultural and psychological barriers that women face in their lives. Even though her works were viewed negatively by many, she was very successful with her attempt of communicating her message to the ordinary women. In 1904, Chopin suffered from brain hemorrhage and died on August 22, the same year, living up to be fifty-three years old. 2. Character that you believe is entrapped: Edna Pontellier is a character in The Awakening who had been entrapped by both the culture and the internal psychological makeup. During the beginning of the story, Edna had been seen to be entrapped within the culture of the society where she dwells.

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