A Literary Imagination Put to a Halt Essay

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Kate Chopin’s literary career began to flourish after her husband’s death and her deep intimate thoughts of her social and marital status were revealed in her fictitious works. Her imagination that she had put into her works was perceived to be her own intimate thoughts that she longed to live during her marriage. She had a “pursuit of solitude, independence, and an identity apart from her children—and apart from the men who always admired her.” (Chopin 114) Her beginning literary career quickly prospered yet came to an abrupt ending once her book The Awakening was criticized for its feminist delivery, adultery, immorality, and its attempt to advocate for the repressed women of the 19th century. Today Kate Chopin’s works do not receive …show more content…
She progressed intellectually and married young at the age of 20 to Oscar Chopin. She became the typical 19th century high-class wife which required a “demanding social and domestic schedule ... [that] serves as material for The Awakening.” (Witalec 1) She also was mother to five boys and one girl. After her husband’s death in 1882 she took on the family business. She was “intrigued by the … sharecroppers who worked on the plantations… [and] the impression she gathered of these people… were later reflected” in her works Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadie. (Witalec 1) Since Kate Chopin entwined her on personal life and experiences into her books and short stories, this fueled the controversy of The Awakening. Furthermore, during the 19th century books written by women were perceived to come from the writers own experiences and was not perceived as imaginative works of art. This made the criticizing remarks damage her self-esteem as a writer and a person and discouraged her to continue her talent.
Chopin did not grow up in a typical 19th century family. Her father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and half-brother had all passed away in her early years. Peggy Skaggs states,

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