Kate Chopin 's Literary Creativity And Women 's Independence

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Kate Chopin has become one of the most influential feminist writers of the century. From Chopin’s literary rejection of The Awakening, the rejection sparked a fire in Chopin’s feminist side. Chopin began writing short stories that would become society’s lead in literary creativity and women’s independence. Kate Chopin’s biography is astonishingly intriguing and the importance Chopin plays to the feminist literature genre is exceptional. Critics either rave Chopin’s work or completely destroy it.

Kate Chopin, born Katherine O 'Flaherty in St. Louis, Missouri on February 8, 1850, is considered one of the first feminist authors of the 20th century. Chopin 's writing career began after her husband died on their Louisiana plantation in 1882 and began struggling financially. After Chopin’s failed attempt to save her deceased husbands business and plantation, Chopin’s mother convinced Kate to move back to St. Louis, but died shortly thereafter leaving Kate alone. Suffering from the loss of her husband and mother, Chopin advised by her obstetrician and family friend to fight her state of depression by taking up writing as a source of corrective healing, a way to help/control her depression and as well provide Chopin with a source of income. Chopin decided to listen to her friend and took the advice to heart. By the early 1890s, Kate Chopin was writing short stories, articles, and translations that appeared in periodicals and literary magazines regionally based in St. Louis.

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