February 24, 2013
A Response to an Article on Kate Chopin “The Storm”
For this discussion, my response will be about Kate Chopin “The Storm,” and her life leading up to it out of the article in the Patterns textbook. The story of “The Storm” is based on sexual desires and infidelity. As it is stated in the textbook, Chopin tells how the characters are brought together by a storm, while her husband and child are at the Friedheimer’s store waiting out the storm before they went home. The narrator describes Calixta embarking on a relationship that could have been, but is no longer possible. As the author suggest Calixta and Alcee are married to others who trust in them to make honest decisions no matter the object of reason. In one article it states that “Creole men were expected to have mistresses,” some of which were mixed-race women. It also states that the “Creole women were expected to remain true to their wedding vows.” A statement that is not only made with the intentions to be true to one, but solely an underlining that men can be scandalous at times, even to the extent of not being blamed for their misjudgment. In Chopin’s early life, she was the third oldest out of five children. Later in life she was sent to a boarding school in St. Louis, but ended up moving home after her father was killed by a train.
Kate grew up during the Civil War period, which I think was the reason for most of her stories. In around 1870, around the time she was twenty, Chopin married Oscar Chopin was the son of a wealthy farmer in Louisiana. He admired Kate’s since of freedom and her intelligence. Later in 1890, she published her first story “At Fault.” Before passing away she had published many stories, that wouldn’t be famous or recognized until around 70 years after she had passed.
The narrator describes a story of sexuality, which was a topic that was not discussed around the 1990s. “A degree of passion absent from their marriages,”...