Through her work, what is Kate Chopin trying to convey?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that the basic idea of Chopin's work is to express what it means to be a woman.  Writing from the age of 37, Chopin is able to bring out the unique dynamics and conditions that govern being a woman.  In her work, Chopin depicts female characters who must straddle the social realities which define what they are expected to do  and what they wish to do.  In being able to explore this dynamic, Chopin gives voice to what it means to be a woman in the modern predicament.  Her willingness to embrace these elements in a realist manner brings credence to the condition of being a woman.  Her works convey an authenticity that, at some level, women feel at different points in her life.  Being able to fuse her own experiences with this from seeing the arc of her development as a woman in different lights is a reality that enables Chopin to add authenticity to her writing.  Chopin wishes to convey the full range of being a woman, with characters who revel in their choices and some who feel saddened by them.  In the end, the primary element being conveyed is the diverse and eclectic notion of being a woman in the modern setting.


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