Kate Chopin

About the Author

Kate Chopin was an American feminist writer. She was born in 1850 in St. Louise, Missouri. Kate had three sisters and one brother that all passed away young. Kate was inspired by her great grandmother because she would teach Kate the history about French culture and Feminism. Kate was also living in the time of the Civil War. When Kate was nineteen, she was at a social event near St. Louis and met Oscar Chopin. His french father had taken the family to Europe during the civil war. When he returned they were married in 1870. Kate died in St.Louise in 1904.


  • In 1855 she went to The Sacred Heart Academy in St. Louis where she wanted to learn even more then what her great grandmother had taught her and won awards.
  • Kate was honored with a star on the St. Louis walk of fame in 1990
  • In 2012 was giving an Iron bust at the Writer's Corner in St. Louis, Missouri

Summary of story

The main character was Mazelle Aurike. She was a strong figured women, her hair was truing to grey. She often wore a mans hat, blue army coat, and top boots while working on her small farm. She took care of her animals while her negros would take care of her cotton feilds. She had lived a very lonely life with no husband or kids. She only has company by her dog Ponto, and the Negros that work for her. One day her neighbor Odile was walking down her road holding her child and her other four walking beside her. Her child was sick and she needed Mazelle to watch her kids. Mazelle has never had experience with children but accepted to take them in. Mazelle fed them and sent them to bed. The kids where confused that she did not know that they needed baths, story's, and to be rocked to fall asleep. That night Mazelle talk to Aunt Ruby, her cook, and said "i'd rather manage a dozen plantation than fo' children." Mazelle had to get use to the kids affection that they gave to her cause she needed to be the mother figure until there mother would return. Mazelle also had to get use to the company in her home with the laughing and crying and also having the children sleep in her bed. After two weeks she grown use to having the childeren around. Also in that two weeks she saw a blue cart coming down the road. The homecoming of the children mother was happy but also was unexpected and frustrated Mazelle. The children where excited to see their mother and left the farm. Mazelle watched as the children went away with their mother but still felt like she could hear there laughter in the house. She went into her house. Sat down and cried. "Not softly, as women often do. She cried like a man. with sobs that seemed to tear her very soul."


Then lesson to take out of this story I think is that Mazelle isolated herself for many years. When she was introduced to what it felt like to have children she realized that she missed out on this part in life. At first she hated it and didn't want to experiences being a mother but missed it once they were gone. When the children left she felt alone again and realized what she had missed out on.

Literary Era

I think this story came from the Romanticism period because this is when authors started to write about peoples feeling and emotions. This story really told how Mazelles feelings were towards the children and how the sad emotions when they left cause her to cry.

Romanticism period

This era was from 1800-1850. In this era authors stared to right story's with characters getting feeling for people and things in there life. Some story's would end in happy endings but some ended in discomfort and sadness like in Regret. Also in this era many women authors stared to write and publish there short story's and novels. It was a big moment for women to be able to do such a big job and get there writings out into the world. This era helped america because its when women started becoming more excepted to being equal with men.

Emily Stinar