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Kate Chopin On a steamy Saturday morning, the exhibits of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904 sat waiting for the fingers of eager patrons to browse through their items. Kate Chopin, a daily visitor to the fair that summer, came despite the damp ground and humid air to enjoy the festivities of the day. Because of her declining health, Chopin returned home that day tired, but insisted that the fair was the best thing for her. By the middle of the night, though, she was suffering from a severe headache, bad enough for her to call for her son Jean. When he arrived, she was already unconscious and her brain was hemorrhaging uncontrollably. Around noon on Monday August 22, 1904, she died and ?was buried two days later in Calvary Cemetary?(Ewell, 5).

The events the weekend before Chopin?s death showed that she enjoyed the beauty and simplicity around her. The fair, being the last thing she went to, left her content and happy. Throughout Chopin?s life, she seemed to always be doing what made her happy, instead of conforming to the restrictive life of the late 1800?s. Through her actions and her writings, Kate Chopin went against the norms of society and paved the way for free thinking and writing for women.

-2 ?Born in 1950 to an Irish-French family in St. Louis, [Katherine O?Flaherty] grew up in a household of women? (Howard, 1). When Kate was five, her father was one of the seventeen men who died ?in a spectacular railroad disaster during the ceremonial opening of the Gasconade Bridge? in November, 1855 (Howard,1). With her father dead, her mother, Eliza who was a widow at the age of 27, along with her grandmother and great-grandmother raised Kate to speak French, learn piano, and think for herself. Kate was influenced by her grandmother Victoria Verdon Charleville who ?knew the intimate details of the men and women who courageously accomplished the settlement of the trading post.? Kate?s great grandmother also had stories of her own to tell, mostly about...