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Kate Chopin Adversity and Criticism Tragedy death adversity and criticism can one or a combination of these circumstances influence the path you take Enduring the death of loved ones facing critical abuse and public denunciation as an immoralist Kate Chopin is considered among the most important women in the nineteenth-century American fiction Scarsella Katherine Chopin OFlaherty was born of Irish-French descendants There is some controversy over the actual date of her birth Kate stated her day of birth as February 81851 There was another listed date July 12 1850 Most biographers listed Kate year of birth as 1851 as Kate stated but Toth discover both baptismal date of May 12 1850 recorded for Kate at St Louis Cathedral registry and the US Census record of August 1850 that records a seven-month-old baby Cath at the OFlaherty home Toth 24 Therefore the actual date of birth is unclear Her father Thomas OFlaherty was Irish immigrant who became wealthy Her mother Eliza Faris OFlaherty was of French-Creole heritage Eliza at age 16 became Thomas second wife From Thomas first marriage was born George OFlaherty Kates half brother whom she loved with all her heart Also living in the home was her grandmother and her great-grandmother Kate had a special bond with her father She was always curious and inquisitive about his job So at the age of 5 Thomas OFlaherty decided to take his daughter to work with him one day This caused the bond to grow even stronger Her father was one of the founders of the Pacific Railroad In 1855 during a celebration ceremony of the completion of the Pacific Railroad a bridge collapsed and the train fell into the Gasconade River Her father died in this accident this beginning a series of tragedies Kate had to endure After her fathers death she began bonding with the other members of her family Her mother Eliza dealt with death of her
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