Kate Chopin Questions and Answers

Kate Chopin

The ripe figs seem to symbolize the idea that there is a good time for everything, and everything happens in its own good time. We cannot force the figs to ripen sooner than they will; they will...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2019, 5:49 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

Both stories are at their cores about women in unhappy, unequal marriages. While Mrs. Mallard and Desiree both love their husbands, they are not allowed to be their equals. Mr. Mallard dominates...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019, 12:38 am (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

The main theme of the story is that a woman cannot possibly expect both passion and wealth in marriage: she must choose one. Chopin often writes about the untenable choices women had to make during...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2019, 8:23 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

Another theme of this story is that patience can be taught. Young people can struggle with patience, and this is the case with Babette; older folks tend to have a bit more patience because they...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2017, 10:47 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

The three characters in Kate Chopin’s short story “The Kiss” are Nathalie, Brantain and Harvy. As with much of Kate Chopin’s work, this story sheds light on women’s lives and their place in...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2018, 6:04 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

All three of these female characters experience the restrictiveness of marriage in the nineteenth-century, though in different ways and for different reasons. Calixta seems to have been unaware of...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2018, 12:53 am (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

This short story by Kate Chopin features the characters Athenaise, who has been recently married to Cazeau, her brother, called Monteclin and another man called Gouvernail. The story starts with...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2010, 2:44 am (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

In "Odalie Misses Mass," the main character, Odalie, is a young white girl who goes to visit her an older black woman named Aunt Pinky. At first, Odalie says and does many things that could be...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2017, 2:05 am (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin's short story, "A Respectable Woman," has several themes, to be expected from an author with such strong female protagonists. However, the story may also demonstrate the universal truth...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2011, 3:20 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

"Beyond the Bayou" by Kate Chopin features a black woman called Jacqueline, but who is known as "La Folle" (Crazy Woman in French) because of the way that she has drawn "an imaginary line" through...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2010, 2:34 am (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

Settings play a key role in establishing the characters of this terrific short story all about the way that a woman is able to manipulate her way into a wealthy marriage, in spite of an incident...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2010, 2:23 am (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

To answer your question, Kate Chopin may have written Odalie Misses Mass as a literary experiment. Chopin wrote in the 19th century, when stories about female friendships were rare. In fact,...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2017, 9:30 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

"The Story of an Hour" and The Awakening are joined in being centrally about a middle-class woman coming to an acute awareness of her own desire for autonomy and freedom and having, at least for...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2021, 11:25 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

Well, I suppose this question depends very much on who you side with when you think about the characters in this short story. The protagonist is the character who is trying to achieve something and...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2012, 2:05 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

The key theme in this short story is a theme that is explored in many of Chopin's works, which is the theme of marriage and woman's role within it. What leads Athenaise to reject her husband and...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2013, 7:05 am (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

Unlike her late Victorian contemporaries, Oscar Wilde and Thomas Hardy, who wrote in a Ciceronian style that emphasizes balance with parallelism and antithesis with opposition for emphasis, Kate...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2015, 5:21 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

In the short story "Ripe Figs," Chopin demonstrates different perspectives on the passage time. Time seems to pass slowly for young Babette; on the other hand, time seems to pass quickly for her...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2021, 2:20 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

Both "The Story of an Hour" and The Awakening are feminist pieces written by Kate Chopin. Both texts explore the idea of women's roles in society and how women resist these roles and standards...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2019, 5:14 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

I think one can argue that both Calixta and Desiree truly do love their husbands. However, one would be hard-pressed to make the same argument about Louise Mallard. When Louise learns of her...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2019, 5:11 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

Unfortunately I had to edit your question to focus on just one question. You are not allowed to ask multiple questions. You have picked a rather intriguing story to focus on. I think "Ripe Figs" is...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2011, 6:27 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

The settings of both "The Story of an Hour" and "The Storm" are domestic, as both stories take place within the home and from the perspective of the housewife. Both Louise and Calixta are married,...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2018, 8:29 am (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

In "The Storm", Kate Chopin's main character Calixta lacks the understanding of what marriage is in terms of sexuality. She lives life as it is expected of her, and the relationship in her marital...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2009, 9:07 am (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

Well, if you need help in identifying differences between the two characters, clearly a major difference between Calixta and Desiree is the way that Desiree is faithful to her husband and Calixta...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2011, 7:23 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

The Kate Chopin story "A Night in Arcadie" opens with binary opposition representing binary system. Binary opposition (BO) is used in contemporary literary criticism by structuralist,...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2010, 2:37 am (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

I think that any potential answer to this question is going to be larger than the space here will allow. Chopin's understanding of women's identity and, basically what it means, to be a woman is...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2012, 4:15 am (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin is able to write complex short stories in brief lengths for several reasons. In both of the examples listed, Chopin uses a third person limited point of view and spare figurative...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2018, 1:00 am (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin wrote in the Victorian Age of the nineteenth century. Her subjects shocked the readers; often, her stories were not published because of the subject matter. Racism, marriage, women's...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2012, 3:13 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin is definitely immensely skilled at depicting the plight of women in her world and the various ways in which they are disadvantaged, ignored and disempowered. In "The Story of an Hour,"...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2011, 7:11 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

I am not quite sure what you mean by "hook-up" sentence. Are you referring to a "hook" which is the initial sentence of an introduction (used to grab the attention of the reader), or are you...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2013, 8:52 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

Muckraking is considered investigative writing meant to expose social ills or corporate and political corruption. In her short story "Odalie Misses Mass," Kate Chopin exposes some of the social...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2017, 8:52 am (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

Both of these short stories reflect the historical context of women in the late 1800s. At this time, marriage provided a means for a woman's survival, since few opportunities existed for them to...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2021, 10:50 am (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

To be able to complete this assignment about the author's word choices in the short story "A Respectable Woman" by Kate Chopin, it is important to understand the story's progression and ambiguous...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2021, 3:00 am (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

I think that in the two stories specified, Chopin views marriage as an institution that inhibits individual desires, specifically those of women. Calixta and Louise Mallard are both repressed, to...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2011, 12:21 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

In Kate Chopin's 1892 short story "Ripe Figs," very little is made explicit about the two characters, Babette and Maman-Nainaine. The term "Maman-Nainaine" translates to grandmother, but Chopin...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021, 7:55 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

1. Kate Chopin's feminist theme is prominent in "The Story of an Hour." Chopin's 1894 short story echoes many of the points feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton made in her "Declaration of...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2017, 11:29 am (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

I'll be happy to provide whatever help I can (feel free to "message" me). Let me say for now that there are three things that I always try to do when beginning to develop a research project on a...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2010, 12:14 am (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

Both short stories by Kate Chopin center around women who have an experience that changes how they perceive their own identity. Interestingly, as the stories open, neither woman has been...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2016, 2:08 am (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

In Chopin's short story "At the 'Cadian Ball," Bruce, the manservant of the Laballières, tells Mademoiselle Clarisse that Alceé Laballière has gone to the Cajun (Acadian) ball. He explains that...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2016, 2:51 am (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

The feeling I get when I read this short story is one of mystery. The author sets the stage for this right from the very beginning when she describes the locket as some sort of good luck charm....

Latest answer posted October 25, 2010, 4:19 am (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

In both "At the Cadian Ball" and "The Other Two," we meet women who arrange, manage, and control their men. They are self-possessed people who know how to get what they want. A more negative...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2016, 2:19 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman were contemporaneous American authors who published around the same time period. Kate Chopin's first story, "Emancipation: A Life Fable," was written in...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2021, 12:58 am (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

Both stories take place during the late nineteenth century during a time when women had many fewer rights than men, especially in marriage. A married woman lost her legal identity, as it became...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2020, 2:43 am (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

The story "Ripe Figs" by Kate Chopin is very short, but it is packed with vividly descriptive words that tell us a great deal about Babette's character and moods. Maman-Nainaine tells Babette that...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2021, 2:12 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

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...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2012, 11:34 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

In addition to the ideas raised earlier, Chopin examined the changing perceptions of women towards their social roles in her short story, "The Story of an Hour." Chopin takes the notion of a...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2009, 9:48 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

Please repost your question with the specific Kate Chopin story to which you are referring. This will give you the best possible answer from one of our superb eNotes editors.

Latest answer posted July 25, 2011, 12:22 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

Concerning your plans to analyze Kate Chopin from the feminist point of view/feminist literary theory, it is every critic's goal to discover and relate something new. It is a particularly...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2010, 11:51 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

Many of Chopin's stories are highly psychological. In my opinion, this is no better seen in the short story, "The Story of an Hour." Mrs. Mallard's extreme emotional roller coaster upon hearing...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2010, 2:35 am (UTC)

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Kate Chopin

I think that one can find a couple of links between both of Chopin's short stories. The depiction of women being able to act on their autonomy or consider a life where this freedom is activated is...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2010, 9:35 pm (UTC)

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