Traces of Modern Feminism in Kate Chopin's story "The Storm" The first reading of the story "The Storm" makes a person to be on his guard after knowing it that it was written during the end of the 19th century when Victorian Era was repudiating the same things in Hardy as his crude (at least understood at that time) novel, Jude the Obscure, created a sort of buzz in the literary world. It was also a point of amazement that a female having lived most of her life among females have made a courage to place illicit relations or out of wedlock sex in such clear images in her story like "The Storm" as a modern reader clearly feels the ebbs and flows of the physical movements of both Calixta and her paramour Alcee. This makes it amply clear how forward
An analysis of the symbolism in Kate Chopin’s “The Storm” will show the meaning of the storm, the house, and the relationships. The storm in the story symbolizes her emotions. In the story, the storm arrived at Calixta’s house while Alcee had ridden up, “As she stepped outside, Alcee Laballiere rode in at the gate” (88). This meant that the emotion between Calixta and Alcee would become stronger. “’My!
Feminist analysis of The Storm The rise of the Women’s Movement during 1890’s encouraged many to grant all human beings the same fundamental rights despite one's gender. Traditionally, sexual passion, in a woman's aspect of life, was considered inappropriate and wrong in societal views. Yet, Chopin boldly addresses sexual desire in a woman with a strong feminist tone in The Storm, empowering female sexuality. The mere presence of sexual desire in Calixta is a feminist statement itself, as sex was considered out of a woman’s metaknowledge, which is shown as the storm passes by. The thunderstorm is used to illustrate the time span of the sexual encounter between Calixta and Alcee.
Calixta in "The Storm" In this short story "The Storm" by Kate Chopin, the character that was the most greatly changed or influenced would have to be Calixta. First, in the beginning you get this feeling that she plays the character of a mother who as a storm approaches begins to get anxious as any parent usually does knowing her child may be in danger. We might infer in the beginning of the passage that she is sweet and innocent as any southern woman is. As the story and the plot continues to thicken, you can see that Calixta is not as much of an innocent character and more of a seductive mistress. In addition to her marriage that she is bound into she also displays her sexual needs and desire to be with Alcee.
This was so typical of marriages of that time, women were just not treated equally. Paula Anca Farca agrees wholeheartedly that there are touches of feminism and how often in Kate Chopin’s work you can find these themes, “I argue that due to reversals of power, Chopin’s oppressed female protagonists challenge patriarchal structures. (Paula Farca)” Chopin is clearly addressing her feministic outlook in the story “Desiree’s Baby” making sure that the text embellishes the fact the protagonist is scared of her
Text: Kate Chopin “The Storm” Explanation: Kate Chopin’s “The Storm”, defines naturalism in her work several ways. One of those ways for example is when Chopin sums up her work in the last line of the text by stating this, “So the storm passed and every one was happy.” (437) Here she is not only speaking literally of the storm raging outside, however she is also stating about the affair she was having. The force of the storm and the way Chopin presents the affair as being all of a sudden and with no time to consider or choose shows naturalism. The way she brings nature in her points exist in the way for her to refer the affair as being inevitable and naturally occurring, just as a storm is unavoidable. One cannot prevent them for the reason that they just happen.
One element being demonstrated in the story is the theme. The theme is important for setting an ambience within the story. An analysis on Kate Chopin’s “The Storm” demonstrates the theme of freedom, happiness, and adultery. The first theme Chopin demonstrates is the freedom of women in the nineteenth century. Many women
It proves its genuine precocity to allow the reader to know about the heroine’s ordeals, feelings of frustration as well as about her victimization within the oppressive patriarchal society. It displays women’s struggles to conceal the politics of gender roles of their epoch and to protest against the Law of the Father. In her discussion of Gothic tropes, Anne Williams reveals that Female Gothic falls under the rubric of a marginalised genre while identifying the critical reception of the gothic in the pre-romantic era with the categorization of women as peripherized subjects, admitting that this literary form has been “congenial” to them and pleasantly suited to their lower social position (Fleenor The Female Gothic 8). In one sense, this may have been a reaction to exclusion from the male-dominated ‘higher arts’ of poetic and philosophical discourse: the natural desire to express oneself finding a new and perhaps more congenial form from only gradually found critical respectability (The Gothic Tradition
Today marriage is acknowledged as a commitment between two people who love each other and want to spend eternity together, but marriage has not always been perceived like this. During the 19th century in America marriage was much like a contract, where women were to give up many of their freedoms to uphold their husbands’ demands. Too often for the women of the 19th-century, rights were taken from them and the rights they did have were always being infringed upon. “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin is a great representation as to how married women felt oppressed. In the short story, Mrs. Mallard suddenly finds herself a widow and grief quickly erupts within her.
After hearing the news about her husband, Mrs. Mallard went to her room and we can see how the atmosphere of the story changes by reflecting how Louise is feeling as soon as she enters the room. For example, “She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain was in the air. In the street below a peddler was crying his wares. The notes of a distant