Presentation on theme: "Kate Chopin A woman Ahead of Her Time (1850~1904)"— Presentation transcript:
1 Kate Chopin A woman Ahead of Her Time (1850~1904) “Perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer; than to remain a dupe to illusions all one’s life.”
2 Kate Chopin(1850~1904) Work Theme Short story Novel The story of an HourNovelThe AwakeningTheme• women's search for self-discovery or identity.• women's revolt against gender conformity or against social norms that limit women's possibilities in life.• women's understanding of feminine sexuality or women's experience of motherhood, pregnancy, or childbirth.
3 The story of an Hour3→ She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance. 4 → facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair 5 → Trees were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain. A peddler was crying his wares. A distant song reached her faintly. Countless sparrows were twittering.
4 6 → There were patches of blue sky showing here and there through the clouds that had met and piled one above the other. 8 → She was young, with a calm face, whose lines bespoke repression. But now there was a dull stare in her eyes, whose gaze was not a glance of reflection, but rather indicated a suspension of intelligent thought.
5 11 → She said it over and over under her breath: "free, free, free 11 → She said it over and over under her breath: "free, free, free!" There would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself. 13 → She knew that she would weep again when she saw the kind, tender hands folded in death; the face that had never looked save with love upon her.
6 21 → Someone was opening the front door with a latchkey 21 → Someone was opening the front door with a latchkey. It was Brently Mallard who entered. 23 → When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease--of the joy that kills.
7 American women’s status in 19th century Enjoyed few of the legal, social, or political rights.Remained subservient to their fathers and husbands.Limited control over personal property after marriage.Barred from higher education.
8 American women’s status in 19th century Middle- and upper-class womenCaring their childrenDoing the householdLower-class womenWork outside the homePoorly-paid domestic servants
9 First-wave feminism During 19th century to early 20th century Focus on…The promotion of equal contractProperty rightsGaining political powerThe right of voting