Storm By Kate Chopin Essay

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The Passion The storm is a tale of intense love and feminine sexuality of Calixta and her lover Alcee, who erupted their irresistible passion, which had surged up during the past years. The story involved all together 5 characters, Bobinot, her wife Calixtia, Bibi his four year old son, Alcee (Calixtia's lover), and her wife Clarssee. Kate Chopin deliberately tried to build up curiosity into the reader and ambiguity in the end by revolving the entire story within the time frame of " STORM". Everything in the story happened because of, and during the Storm. The story is divided into five sections, firstly the approaching of the storm which restrained Bobinot and his, Calixtia unexpected confront with her lover Alcee and the third, description of Bobinot and Bibi's retreating to home after tidying their clothes articulated their character greatly in the mind of Calixtia. The last two sections emphasize the character's going back to martial responsibilities, disregarding the sudden urge for satisfaction that had erupted. Kate Chopin idealized the usage of symbolism, Dramatic Situation, and suspense by revealing different moods and excitement of characters at various places in the story and finally breaking the suspense as the raging storm started to abate, untying different mysteries which the she had left unattended.In the " Storm" the writer Kate Chopin in order to intensify the character and the mood, uses a great deal of symbolism at various places. Firstly there are two kinds of storm occurring in the story; a real or literal storm and a storm of passion. As far as the literal storm is concerned Chopin from the very first sentence gives us a clue to the approaching of the storm. " The leaves were so still that even Bibi thought it was going to rain". " Somber clouds that were rolling with sinister intention from the west". It is generally accepted as an axiom that whenever there is calmness and serenity, it is an indication of something disastrous. Over all the title " Storm" refers to the nature of feminine sexuality and the passion which was wild and furious like the raging storm outside. The writer has leaded the reader into thinking of storm in different views. To Colitis, passion and lovemaking was sudden and quick satisfaction, which would be over like the storm, which came up suddenly and unnoticed. "She was greatly occupied and did not notice the approaching of the storm." On the contrary Storm could be a symbol of passion which will eventually return with the intent to destroy her martial life. Later on the writer symbolically expressed the sexuality of Calixtia being restrained by her marriage institution and society' concept of women outbreak of passion. Chopin represented this by the housework and her husband's Sunday clothes which he alluded to society in the form of church as he me "She sat at a side window sewing furiously on a sewing machine" "Out on the small front gallery she had hung Bobbinet's Sunday clothes". When she...

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