Journal #3- The Storm
Choplin is one of the first writers to openly favor feminism and welcome modernism in their writing. “The Storm” is a perfect short story to express her views. Kate Choplin uses the theme or suppressed sexual desire to illustrate her opinions on marriage, lust, and relationships. Choplin uses symbols and characterization to play to her advantage.
The main characters of "The Storm" are Calixta and Alcee. The pair are forced together by a raging storm. The story has context that the pair had some sort of sexual relationship years ago seemed to not get resolved. With detailed description the two end up rekindling the fire that was present. Calixta is a women tied to her husband and suppressed. Calixta personifies Choplin’s views. After the adultery happens, Calixta finds herself happy. This personifies Chopin's ideas that marriage is a constricting tradition that abolishes the free will of both people. However, Alcee is just longing for a sexual encounter because of his wife that is far away. When he goes home to write a letter to his wife, the audience can tell that these desires have been soothed after the affair. Choplin uses her characters to illustrate her opinion that cheating is not a horrible act, but more of a refreshing view or change in pace for married couples that are dreary of the restraints of marriage.
The storm is the apparent symbolism in the story. It may stand for two concepts; desire and scorn. When the storm happens, so does the affair. The storm seemed to reawaken all of the desire built up and left the two to express it. Secondly, the storm could represent the hatred that Bobinot and Clarisse would have for their spouses if the affair were revealed.
Choplin expresses her views on marriage and sexuality. She switches for very detailed descriptions into vague images, yet always seems to have an understanding of the characters. Unlike other female authors of this time period fighting for equality, Choplin...
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