Essay on Kate Chopin 's The Story Of An Hour

1582 Words Oct 29th, 2015 7 Pages
Kate Chopin is an American author famous for her short stories and novels. Chopin was a woman ahead of her time. She sparked controversy with the way she portrayed women and marriage in several of her works, such as “The Awakening”, “The Storm” and “The Story of an Hour”. She was an independent thinker who fought, with words, for individuality among women. Many say that she laid the foundation for feminism. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, feminism is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. “There was a revival of interest in Chopin in the late 20th century because her concerns about the freedom of women foreshadowed later feminist literary themes” (“Kate Chopin”). “The Story of an Hour”, with its overwhelming feministic theme, in my opinion, is evidence enough that she was a feminist before feminism had even come about. Chopin came from a long line of strong women. Her mother, grandmother, and great grandmother were all widowed at a young age. Her grandmother preached that life needed to be lived “clearly and fearlessly”. Kate married Oscar Chopin in 1870 when she was 19. A short 12 years later, Oscar passed away. Her mother also passed away the next year. This left Kate emotionally broken and taking care of six children. It was a family doctor that finally suggested she use writing as a way to let out the anger and disappointment life had thrown at her. For many years she was a popular writer, until she released a…

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