The Storm

Topics: Symbol, Lightning, Symbolism, Adultery, Fiction, Kate Chopin / Pages: 2 (444 words) / Published: Jun 16th, 2015
Silvana Yacoub
Dr. Kenefick
ENC 1102-69732
May 28, 2015
The Storm "The Storm," a short story about an extramarital affair in the South. It is very sexually explicit, especially for the time it was written. Kate Chopin's the storm is about a woman named Calixta who rekindles a lost romance with a former lover in the midst of a storm. This story centers on lost love and being stuck in relationships that are unwanted. There is a lot of hidden meaning in the story, told well behind the characters and their surroundings, and it also has a strong plot, and a lot of symbolism. The storm is a super obvious symbol. It's involved in practically every element of the story. First off, it's the title. Second, it plays a huge role in the plot, forming the beginning and the end of the story. It also plays a really important part in the middle by bringing Calixta and Alcée together, pushing them into each other's arms and giving them the time and space to get physical before the world outside returns to normal. Other symbolism can include Chopin's use of colors. The whiteness mentioned repeatedly throughout the story. White usually symbolizes purity or chastity, but this story twists it around to represent sexual desire and longing. The bedroom is white, symbolizing how she feels their affair is a sanctified and pure act, rather than a sinful one, as society felt. Also, Calixta's lips are red and hair is shining gold, symbolizing her appeal to Alcee. There are also little symbols throughout the story. Like, the chinaberry tree being struck by lightning, symbolizing or foreshadowing a great change about to occur. The shrimps that Bobinot buys for his wife, as a symbol of his desire to please her, and his fear of her disapproval. The mud on the shoes that he and his son track into the house, as a symbol of the displeasure of Calixta in her station as a housewife, that is associated with her husband and son. Lastly, the color green which is a meaning for a new

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