Kate Chopin experienced several unique lifestyles throughout her years, which explained her wide realm of societal knowledge and analysis through literature. Her childhood was marked by an upbringing by both Irish and French women in her family. Chopin also lived between the Cajun and Creole part of the nation when she moved to Louisiana and married her husband. As a result, several of her works were based on her life in Louisiana. She also incorporated depictions of women as their own individuals with unique wants and needs. This idea could have led to the characterization of Edna Pontellier as a woman overtaken by passion who abandons all domestic, maternal, and social obligations placed on her. This also led to the development of the theme of a female desire for independence and equality and a realization of sexual and social equality to men. Many critics argue that Chopin implemented herself into The Awakening through the character of Madam Reisz. Chopin, a realist writer, directly parallels Reisz in that Reisz is the only realist in Edna’s life who helps and influences her with modern ideas. The eigth of ten children, Theodore Dreiser was greatly influenced by his older brothers and sisters who were always finding themselves in trouble. Because of his booming success and the pestering of several friends, Dreiser based his most famous novel, Sister Carrie, on his sister’s lives. They were prostitutes and never fully settled down in their entire lives, much like Carrie in the novel. Dreiser also had much knowledge about leaving home and starting a life because he left home at the age of 16. He was famous for elaborating on controversial topics in his novels and sister Carrie was no different. It was so controversial in fact that it was near impossible to get published due to its material.