Analysis of Kate Chopin's "The Storm"

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One of Kate Chopin’s brilliant writing abilities is to make the readers feel what her characters are feeling. It’s truly special when a reader can sense the agony and desire that a character feels. For example, in this story, “The Storm,” you can feel the desire and hesitation between Calixta and Alcee. Although this story was a few pages long, Chopin tells a story of infidelity and expresses the unsettled feelings between old flames. “The storm concerns the reunion of Alcee and Calixta, now married to other people” (Blooms). Back in her day, sexual desires were rarely recognized, let alone publicized. “For her time period, Kate Chopin wrote about sexuality very explicitly” (Krauss). This story had a large impact on women and feminism. “By not only admitting to the possibility that women have strong sexual needs of their own, but stating it as pure reality, Chopin crossed a threshold in both literature and life that opened new portals of exploration and communication for both men and women” (Krauss). In “The Storm,” Kate Chopin uses the storm as a symbol of a woman torn between two men and sexual desires that she faces.

At the beginning of the story, Calixta remains at home while her son Bibi and husband Bobinot go to town. Bobinot notices that there is a storm approaching and makes it known to Bibi that the “certain somber clouds that were rolling with sinister intention from the west, accompanied by a sullen, threatening roar” (p.224). His description of the coming storm makes it clear that it’s going to be dangerous and aggressive. The clouds are shown with a certain awareness, it’s almost like the storm is alive, progressing with “sinister intention from the west, accompanied by a sullen, threatening roar.” It’s like the storm is showing Bobinot what “sinister” acts Alcee is about to perform with his wife.

Calixta is avidly sewing at home, so she is unaware of the oncoming dark clouds. She senses perspiration gathered on her face, and occasionally wipes...
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