Symbolism In Kate Chopin's The Storm

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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. 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! What a rain! It’s good two years sence it rain’ like that,’ exclaimed Calixta” (88) is said, because it shows that she expressed her emotions with Bobinot in a while. The lightning bolt caused a change in emotions between Calixta and Alcee. “Calixta put her hands to her eyes, and with a cry, staggered backward. Alcee’s arm encircled her, and for an instant he drew her close and spasmodically to him “(89). When they kissed “it reminded him of Assumption” (89) and their emotion for each other grew. As the storm crashed outside, their emotion became stronger and “Calixta was a revelation in that dim, mysterious chamber” (89). She was in a revelation, because she
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