Kate Chopin Similarities

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There are a number of similarities between Kate Chopin's life and her short stories. These similarities can be seen in short stories such as “Desiree's Baby,” and “The Story of an Hour.”

In “Desiree’s Baby,” Desiree is a beautiful woman who is born into a wealthy, bilingual family who lives in Louisiana. Desiree soon marries Armand Aubigny who was also born into a rather wealthy family. After a series of unfortunate events, Desiree runs off with her baby into the Bayou killing both herself and her baby. This is quite relevant to Kate Chopin's own life, in the sense that Kate grew up in a rather wealthy household. Kate was bilingual, speaking both French and English, and soon married Oscar; a man with the similar characteristics of Armand.
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Mallard, has just been informed that her Husband, Mr. Mallard has passed away. Though Mrs. Mallard feels sorrow, she soon discovers the bright future she will lead with the absence of her antagonizing husband. She begins to think of all the things she will be able to do, that she was restrained from by her husband for so long. It's almost as if at that very moment, a burden was taken from her, and she could finally move on with her life. In the end, her husband returns and the shock of losing her precious future vanishes, causing Mrs. Mallard to have a stroke, and ultimately dying. “The face that had never looked save with love upon her, fixed and gray and dead. But she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely. And she opened and spread her arms out to them in welcome.” This moment in “The Story of an Hour,” is relatable to Kate Chopin's own life. Though Kate loved her husband dearly, she was restricted from a lot of the things she wanted to pursue. But after the death of her husband, Oscar, Kates life drastically changed for the better. With the absence of her beloved husband, Kate began publishing a series of short stories such as, “At Fault,” and “The awakening.” Kate Chopin soon became very active in her social life, and began writing a hundred or so short stories; most of which were never published. Likewise, Kate became…show more content…
These examples are what makes her stories so realistic that readers almost feel a deep connection between the protagonists of Kate's short stories and their own life experiences. The Ironic events of “Desiree’s Baby,” and the tragic events found in “The Story of an Hour” result in a rather stimulating sensation, that in turn creates an experience unlike many short stories today. I believe this is the reason why Kate Chopin chooses to reflect upon her own life in her short stories, and what makes her such a respectable
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