One of her more controversial work is her short story entitled “The Storm”. In her short story “The Storm”, Kate Chopin uses symbolism, Emotional conflict, and diction to display a woman’s right to her own body and point out women stereotypes to produce a change in society.
Not only did Calixta commit adultery, but after it happened, her husband and son came home and she acted like nothing happened. They both are greeted by Calixta’s presence as she is pleased to see them return safe and sound and not drenched by the storm, and is excited that her husband brought home shrimp for dinner. Finally, the last claim is Alcee is married to Clarisse; as a matter of fact, he is just as guilty as Calixta. Calixta and Alcee did not get condemned for their guilty actions, which mean they both will
“The Storm” In the short story “The Storm” (Chopin, 335) by Kate Chopin, presents a literal occurrence of the storm. It is this storm that keeps Calixta’s husband, Bobinot and his four year old son Bibi from returning home from the store. At home, Calixta was prompted by the stir of storm to gather Bobinot laundry outside. Alcee was also looking to shelter from the storm. The storm causes a quick sequence of events in the story.
Kate Chopin’s “The Storm” was written in 1898, but it was published until 1969. “Bibi laid his little hand on his father’s knee and was not afraid”(88), shows that whatever is to come will not cause problems. Kate Chopin uses a lot of symbolism throughout her stories to represent her feelings about things. A character or an object could represent a bigger idea throughout the story, which gives more meaning to the story. An analysis of the symbolism in Kate Chopin’s “The Storm” will show the meaning of the storm, the house, and the relationships.
Calixta, who would normally be upset with her husband and child for bringing dirt into the house, welcomes them with nothing but satisfaction at their safe return. Furthermore, Alcee also went home and wrote to his wife that night. According to Kate Chopin, “It was a loving letter, full of tender solicitude.” Even though Alcee missed his family, -he was willing to bear the separation
In other words, the same night after Alcee met with Calixta he wrote to his wife a loving letter. This behavior shows the freedom and overwhelming happiness that Alcee felt, these feelings of happiness left him satisfied enough that he would feel that love for his wife after he was cheating on her.
Calixta meanwhile differs and even though she appears to love her husband, she is unfaithful to him with her ex boyfriend Alcee. Both the women want to obtain freedom, although to a different degree. Louise Mallard is looking forward to long-term freedom from her husband, while Calixta only seems interested in a brief moment of freedom
This further indicates the human quest dealing with what is right vs. what is wrong for Calixta. The storm had no official impact on her. It was the thrill of a distant memory, an old fling that had driven her to lay with Alec, not the storm. The storm was only an additive to give the characters a scapegoat if they are exposed in the future. Calixta had only been momentarily clouded by judgment from the storm considering she continued the sexual acts even after the storm begins to pass.
But for Chopin and the character, it might find reasonable. A woman who was underscoring the traditional in the past about forced marriage, and that would lead them to the wrong way. Even though it felt guilty for a woman to do so, but it brought them to a happy feeling with their life. Throughout the story, as well as the setting at Calixta’s house, the author expressed the dissatisfaction with traditional marriage in the late nineteenth. Therefore, the storm illustrated a joyful life of a woman who got accepted with her trickery
The Baby’s Parents In a period, such as the antebellum, a multitude of factors shaped the lives of men and women. Movements for abolition caused tensions in the south for slaves and large farmers, while the women’s suffrage movement began to alter the roles of women in America. In "Desiree 's Baby", Chopin illustrates how race, social conformity and gender roles are themes that dictate the character development of Armand and Desiree. In This story, Armand is a highly dynamic character, and his actions are heavily dependent upon racial conflict. This internal conflict is seen throughout the story and it affects his relationship with his slaves as well as his wife, Desiree.