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FEMALE Independence and Sexuality LITERARY WORKS OF KATE CHOPIN
Kate Chopin Writing: Women searching for individuality Identity Personality Selfishness
Chopin experience different situation in her life. The situation she encountered provided her with insight and understanding that allowed her the process of studying the late nineteen century American society.
Chopin decided to use her written to express her viewpoints and to destroy the walls that blocks women’s way in the tradition society. Society rejected most of Chopin short stories.
Chopin Written portrays women’s desire of independent and control of their own sexuality.
She published her first book “At Fault” at her own expense. “At Fault” was rejected by many because it was about women’s alcoholism and affairs. Chopin felt that women’s had a sexual appetite and a desire for independence.
Chopin grandmother taught her about the lives of women and how women are torn between duty and desire (Toth 13). Chopin was taught that women have to be independent.
Chopin published “Desiree’s Baby” and it became one of her most famous short stories. The story had two main meaning.
Desiree means desire. Desiree had a desire for something ever since she was born. When she was a baby she would cry because she had a desire for her father, She had a desire for her husband love, she wanted to be loved and respected. Desiree desired a child to complete her marriage. Everything she desired fell apart with the exception of being a mother.
Because she was a female everything was blamed on her, including the fact that she had a mix race baby.
Chopin later published a twenty one story collection “”A Night in Acadia”. In “A Night in Acadia” Chopin wrote about het growing interest in passion, sexuality and marriage. Chopin also includes her concern for situation, especially bad or unfortunate ones that women’s find themselves in.
Chopin short story “Awakening” have been labeled by a critic of her time as “too strong a drink for moral ,babes and should be labeled “poison” (Bender 77), they were band from most public libraries, “The Awakening” was published in 1899, it was condemned for it sexual openness, but was rediscovered in 1960. Her works was given praise for her boldness and independence of her mind and feeling. It was labeled and artistic master work.
In “A Pair of Silk Stocking” Chopin writes about how a women put limitation on her freedom by having children. Motherhood had deprived Mrs. Somers of her true identity.
In the three stories “Desiree’s Baby”, “A Pair of Stocking”, and “Asthenias” they illustrate the influence children have on a women life.
In “The Storm” Chopin wrote about sexuality. Back in 1998 you did not publicly discuses sexuality. Chopin caused a storm of criticism because of her treatment of feminine sexuality. In depicting objectively a women’s confused groping toward self understanding and self acceptance, Chopin seemed to threaten the moral of her time although she did not explicitly attract them. Chopin wrote about her own life in her stories.
When Chopin wrote the story “A Respectable Women” Chopin was trying to show that women are not happy with having their lives molded and shaped into the configuration that men’s have design. They were willing to accept tradition and rules that did not interfere with the way they felt from their heart.
Kate Chopin is known to be the first feminist writer and women ahead of her time. Even though during her time she was looked down upon for the things she wrote, she is celebrated and acclaimed by people around the world.
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