What's Hidden in Kate Chopin's "The Storm"?

Topics: Marriage, Woman, Wife Pages: 4 (1507 words) Published: October 25, 2006
What's Hidden in Kate Chopin's "The Storm"?

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 plot of a woman and a man rekindling a lost romance in the midst of a storm is one with a lot of innuendos. ""The Storm" helps to define the sexual standards and restraints of the late nineteenth century" (Bartee 1). The storm causes Bobinot and Bibi to be stuck in the market and wait out the storm, while the housewife, Calixta, sits alone, so into her housework that she doesn't even notice the storm is brewing. When she finally realizes, she hurries to shut the windows and goes outside to get the laundry before it is blown away in the wind. Then she notices Alcee, and he asks for shelter while the storm passes through. Chopin writes the scene almost in the vain of a steamy romance novel, building up to the climax, which in this story is the "climax". She adds a little tension also, when she writes "The growl of the thunder was distant and passing away. The rain beat softly upon the shingles, inviting them to drowsiness and sleep. But they dared not," (Chopin 33). At this point, Bobinot and Bibi are probably on their way home and just what if Calixta and Alcee did fall asleep on the couch, oh the "storm" that would arise if Bobinot and Bibi saw that sight. They don't fall asleep, and they say their goodbyes, and Bobinot and Bibi come home to a worried Calixta and supper on the table. Everybody is happy and Bobinot has no idea that his wife just cheated on him. Chopin also goes onto resolve that Alcee is married, but is happier when his wife is away, illustrated by the letter that he writes to his wife at the end. "He was getting on...

Cited: Bartee, Joanna, ""The Storm": More Than Just a Story"
Kennedy, X.J. and Dana Gioia. Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. New York: Pearson Longman , 2005
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