Themes of Chopin's Writings

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David Spencer Smith
Mrs. Spears
English 11 AP
February 19, 2010

“The Storm”

Title: The Storm

Author:Kate Chopin

Background: Chopin moved to Louisiana with her husband in 1870 and was immersed into the Creole culture. When her husband died suddenly in 1882, Chopin was left to raise six children. This gave her a huge sense of individualism from a woman’s prospective. The themes of many of her writings, including The Storm, involve topics to controversial for the time, and were never published.

Conclusions:By the title “The Storm”, I would assume that the story was written about about a strong thunderstorm that had a lasting effect on a family. However, after reading the background information, I had an more accurate hypothesis.

Subject: Adultery

Introduction:C- Kate Chopin begins the story with a strong description of the setting and two characters.

P- The leaves were so still that even Bibi thought it was going to rain. Bibinot, who was accustomed to converse on terms of perfect equality with his little son, called the child’s attention to certain sombre clouds that were rolling with sinister intention from the west, accompanied by a sullen threatening roar. They were at Friedheimer’s store and decided to remain there till the storm had passed. They sat within the door on two empty kegs. Bibi was four years old and looked very wise.

W- Chopin wanted readers to notice the severity and the importance of the coming storm, and possibly note its symbolism.

W- Chopin wanted the readers to be able to relate to Bibinot and Bibi, as a father-son relationship.

Syntax and Effect: C- Kate Chopin uses long, complex sentences with clear descriptions of the setting and the characters actions.

P- His voice and her own startled her as if from a trance, and she seized Bobinot's vest. Alcee, mounting to the porch, grabbed the trousers and snatched Bibi's braided jacket that was about to be carried away by a sudden gust of wind. He expressed an intention to remain outside, but it was soon apparent that he might as well have been out in the open: the water beat in upon the boards in driving sheets, and he went inside, closing the door after him. It was even necessary to put something beneath the door to keep the water out.

W- Chopin wanted to create imagery so that the readers could connect to a further extent with the piece.

W- Chopin’s compound sentences carry the reader with story, building a solid base for the continuing plot line and future symbolism.

C- Chopin uses dialogue throughout the The Storm.

P- "Mama'll be 'fraid, yes, he suggested with blinking eyes. "She'll shut the house. Maybe she got Sylvie helpin' her this evenin'," Bobinot responded reassuringly. "No; she ent got Sylvie. Sylvie was helpin' her yistiday,' piped Bibi.

W- Chopin uses dialogue to show the speech of the time, using the Creole influence of her past.

W- Chopin also uses dialogue to show a passing of time, advancing not only the plot line, but the progression of the storm as well.

W- Chopin wanted to give the readers a further idea of the setting, and timeframe of the story.

C- Chopin begins the paragraphs with short sentences in preparation to the storm and in the aftermath, then escalates to longer, more detailed sentences during the storm.

P- Alcée Laballière wrote to his wife, Clarisse, that night. It was a loving letter, full of tender solicitude. (after the storm) They did not heed the crashing torrents, and the roar of the elements made her laugh as she lay in his arms. She was a revelation in that dim, mysterious chamber; as white as the couch she lay upon. (during the storm)

W- Chopin wanted to show the reader the extent and the meaning of the storm through her wording.

W- Chopin wanted the seriousness of the conflict to be compacted into long details.

Diction and Effect:C- Chopin uses french exclamations in various points throughout the story....
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