Kate Chopin 's Life And Feminism

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Kate Chopin’s Life and Works- Feminism Kate Chopin, born on February 8th, 1850, was a progressive writer in the midst of a conservative and unequal time. She exposed the unfair undertones of society in such a way that made people outrage and condemn some of her works. However, in the early 1900s, her works were examined again and people started to listen to her ideas. One of these main motifs that Chopin’s works kept bringing up were feminism and equality. In The Awakening, Edna Pontellier, a radical feminist, and Adele Ratignolle, a subtle feminist, demonstrate to the reader the desire for equality for women. The actions of these characters critique on the social problems of the time period while at the same time advocating for women’s rights and independence. Edna’s words and actions often comment on the unfair nature of marriage and the right for women to challenge this unfairness. While Edna is very radical about her feminist values, Adele is more subtle, but still effective at advocating women’s rights. Overall, these fictional characters values in Chopin’s The Awakening stem from the values and beliefs that Kate Chopin acquired in her early life. The role models that Chopin had, her mother and grandmother, her marriage life, and the social injustices in the south all influenced her values and views on feminism. Kate Chopin’s early life significantly influences her underlying feminist ideas in The Awakening, portrayed by Edna and Adele’s characterization. Early in
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