Therole of women is a topic questioned in many literary works.
Writers often focuson female submission and tackle theirendeavor to emancipate themselves and become equal to men. One of the mostfruitful periods regarding the writing about female emancipation is undoubtedlythe latter part of the 19th century. And how can this best bedepicted if not from a women’s perspective? Therefore, it was a period of agrowing number of female authors, in America and worldwide, of which many wroteabout their own experiences. “Bythe middle of the nineteenth century, woman authors had become so numerous thatNathaniel Hawthorne, writing to his publisher, described them as a “damn’d mobof scribbling women.” (Chopin, 1993, p. 12). They wrote solely for femalereaders, popularizing stories of heroines who successfully overcame adversityand proved their worth in situations in which they started out with littlerespect or appreciation (Chopin, 1993). Thefocus of this essay is a female author Kate Chopin and several of her shortstories (“A Pair of Silk Stockings”, “The Story of anHour”, “Regret”, “A Respectable Woman” and “TheStorm”) in which protagonists are females who tend to emancipatethemselves and find their true self.
Kate Chopin was born inSt. Louis, Missouri on February 8, 1850. She is considered one of the firstfeminist authors of the 20th century and often credited for introducing the modernfeminist literary movement (American Literature, Kate Chopin, n.d.).
Until theunfortunate tragedy of her husband’s death found her, she was a ratherconventional housewife (American Literature, Kate Chopin, n.d.). Her career inwriting started when she was in her thirties, and her short stories werepublished in well-known periodicals as Vogue, the Century and the Atlantic (Boriçi,2014, p. 248).
“But apart from nearly one hundred short stories, Kate Chopinhas also written two novels, a play, various essays and literary reviews andsome translations” (Boriçi, 2014, p. 248).