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Arko DewriPeriod 3AP LanguageAugust 10, 2010The Awakening1.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. Shegraduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 1868. In 1870, at the age of twenty, she marriedOscar Chopin and thus derived the name of Kate Chopin. Chopin had six children by theage of twenty-one. Her husband was a well-known business man, who managed severalplantations and stores in the South. Chopin accumulated materials for her future writingfrom living in the South, as she came close to the culture of the Creoles. In 1882, herhusband, Oscar, dies leaving her in debt of $12,000. So, for a while, Chopin ran Oscar’sbusiness and through the course of the event, she was found flirting with local men withwhom she negotiated the business. She was even engaged in a relationship with a marriedfarmer. This segment of Chopin’s life very much illustrates that of Edna, who is acharacter from Chopin’s novel, The Awakening. Hence, Chopin related her own lifeexperiences into her works. Although she made an honest effort to preserve her husband’splantations, she had to sell them at last and move back to St. Louis. The death ofChopin’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, helpedher to acquire therapeutic healing. This family doctor is the one who was portrayed as thedoctor who helped Edna, in The Awakening. When Chopin started to write articles andshort stories in periodicals, she found her depression going away and thus she wasawakened. 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 BabyandLilacs. Soon, she becamerenowned as a novelist and a short story write; the type of genre that Chopin’s writingconveyed in realistic fiction. A large part of her work portrayed feminism; Chopin wantedto 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 withher attempt of communicating her message to the ordinary women. In 1904, Chopinsuffered from brain hemorrhage and died on August 22, the same year, living up to befifty-three years old.2.Character that you believe is entrapped:Edna Pontellier is a character in The Awakeningwho had been entrapped by boththe 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.