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Please analyze La Belle Zoraïde by Kate Chopin. This is a study guide question posted by eNotes Editorial. Your literary analysis may touch on a variety of topics, including (but not limited to) discussions of the author’s style, the use of symbols or motifs, or the broader historical or literary context in which the work was written.

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Kate Chopin was an American writer of fiction who lived in the last half of the nineteenth century. She was born in 1850, prior to the abolition of slavery, and married a southerner named Oscar Chopin in 1870, moving to New Orleans and, soon, to his plantation in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Oscar died in 1882, after the couple had had six children together, but during that time, Chopin had become steeped in the Creole culture that she describes quite often in her works. Though she moved home to St. Louis shortly after her husband's death, Chopin's time in the American South, and in southern Louisiana specifically, seems to have greatly affected her. In addition to this, her concerns regarding the plight of widowed...

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