Elements of Fiction-"The Storm"

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In the beginning of “The Storm”, Bobinot and Bibi (father and son) go to town to get some shrimp for Calixta (wife and mother) because Bobinot knows she likes them. Meanwhile, Calixta is at home doing housework while a bad storm brews outside. She hears the thunder start rolling and goes outside to retrieve Bobinot’s laundry and she is met by her old lover, Alcee. The walk inside the house and talk for a while, and they end up having an affair on the couch. After their passionate exchange, Alcee leaves before Bobinot and Bibi arrive back home. Once they return, Calixta worries over them and fusses at them for being out during the storm. Once she sees the shrimp that Bobinot brought her, she is thrilled and delighted. To end the story, she cooks the shrimp and they all eat it and laugh as if everything is completely normal. In “The Storm”, Kate Chopin uses the symbols of the storm to represent the passion between two people and the infidelity of a wife and her lover, the color white to represent innocence and purity, and laughter represent ecstasy and thrill, all to portray the contrasts of love between two couples.
One of her symbols, the storm, represents the passion between Calixta and Alcee. “The contact of [Calixta’s] warm, palpitating body when [Alcee] had unthinkingly drawn her into his arms, had aroused all the old-time infatuation and desire for her flesh” (Chopin 82) shows the passion of Alcee’s undying love and yearning for Calixta. “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 yield” (83). This represents the passion previously shared between the two lovers. They didn’t completely give into it though, because that...

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...hemselves, and when the three seated themselves at the table, they laughed so much and so loud that anyone might’ve heard them as far away as Laballire’s” (84). This laughter portrays the thrill of the happy household, where everything is normal, and wives don’t cheat on their husbands.
In “The Storm”, Kate Chopin uses symbolism to show the contrasts of love between two couples. Chopin contrasts the adultery of Calixta and Alcee with the purity of Calixta and Bobinot’s marriage. She uses the storm to represent the passion and infidelity between Calixta and Alcee, the color white to represent what used to be Calixta’s innocence and purity, and laughter to represent ecstasy and thrill.

Works Cited

Chopin, Kate. “The Storm.” Literature for Composition. Ed. Sylvan Barnet, William Burto, and William E. Cain. 10th ed. New York: Pearson, 2014. 81-84. Print.
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