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Kate Chopin Writer before Her Time Sex and despair are the subjects most read in todays more modern society This was not the case during Kate Chopins career as a writer Chopin was a color writer about life in Louisiana The critics of her time condemned her novel The Awakening saying that it was immoral and poisonous But more modern critics believe that She exerts individuality and originality and ultimately speaks in a truly feminist voice Le Marquand Chopins works containing sexual themes and suicide are shocking during the era in which they are written but they have the opposite effect on todays more modern society In 1969 Per Seyersted wrote Kate Chopin was the first woman writer in America to accept sex with its profound repercussions as a legitimate subject for serious fiction Seyersted 63 Chopins novel The Awakening deals with a sexual theme and brought about her fall from society The protagonist Edna Pontellier is a married woman with two small children Being awakened to her sexual desires Edna turns to Robert Lebrun to fulfill her needs Robert and Edna fall in love Robert seeing that the affair can only lead to disaster leaves her Although Edna is in love with Robert she uses Alcee Arobin to fulfill her sexual desires She realizes that even if Robert came back to her she would tire of him and seek out another and among the conflicting sensations which assailed her there was neither shame nor remorse Chopin 302 With this realization she vows to possess men but never be possessed Without thinking of the consequences on her family Edna decides to move to a small house to live alone She makes this move with divorce and Robert on her mind and with little regard to the effect it will have on her
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