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Kate Chopin gives a great deal of thought in her literature to issues that she views as important She was encouraged not to become a useless wife she was also involved in the idea of becoming an independent woman LeBlanc 1 Kate Chopin is a well-known American writerKate Chopin was born on February 8 1851 in St Louis Missouri At the age of 53 on August 22 1904 she died due to cerebral hemorrhage Hoffman 1-2Kate is the daughter of Eliza Faris OFlaherty and Thomas OFlaherty Her father was a well-established merchant who took part in many business investments He is one of the founders of the Pacific Railroad and was on the train when it crashed into the Gasconade River in 1885 Her mother Eliza was a member of a very elite social group in their French-Creole community After Kates father passed away her mother became much more religious and develops a closer relationship with Kate Kate also has an older half-brother George OFlaherty He was a Confederate solider in the Civil War and in 1863 was captured by the Union forces and dies of typhoid fever while in prison Kate spent her childhood in St Louis Missouri Hoffman 1Kate Chopin was only married once and it was to Oscar Chopin a prosperous cotton farmer The two were married one June 9 1870 after a yearlong courtship Kate and Oscar had six children five boys and one girl Jean was born in 1871 Oscar Jr in 1873 George in 1874 Frederick in 1876 Felix in 1878 and Lelia in 1879Hoffman 1-2 When his cotton business failed they moved to Cloutierville a small town in Louisiana They were married for 12 years In 1882 Oscar died of Malaria and Kate raised the children on her own Two years after Oscar died Kate and her children moved in with her mother Less than a year later her mother died and she was on her own again
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