Calixta and Alce, the two main characters in the short story “The Storm” by Kate Chopin, are sexual, mature, and knowing adults. By having them discover amazing sex outside their marriages, they return to their own marriages renewed. Chopin openly condones adultery due to the fact that the characters are not punished and in the end “everyone was happy” (paragraph 40) . A common theme of fresh sexuality and desire is seen in this story though symbols and other literary elements. Kate Chopin is an American author that wrote short stories and novels in the 20th century.
She will no longer be someone’s possession she will be free and respected. Her husband Brently returns and he is alive the happiness and freedom she once possessed briefly with the mere image of her deceased husband were quickly torn away. “When the doctors came they said she died of heart disease of joy that kills” (Chopin 477). She was free but still confined without the knowledge of her husband who wasn’t dead. Chopin illustrates at the end that she was free because joy killed her.
Before Mr. Mallard died, Louise was identified as Mrs. Mallard—someone’s wife; after she realizes the positive aspects of being a widow, Louise is no more someone’s wife, rather an independent woman. In addition, Louise’s liberation leads her to “... embrace visions of the future” (Wilson 266). For example, she sees “ … the new spring life [in the open square]”(66). For Louise, the new spring life is a possibility “... of a life without her husband …”(Wilson 266) where she would not have to rely on a husband anymore. She is also free from the repressive marriage she was in and she “she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely, and she opens and spreads her arms out to them in welcome”(67).
Rather her “pulse beat fast, and the coursing blood warmed and relaxed every inch of her body” at the chance to live without him (Chopin 14). She does not know that being “free, free, free” without him is not living at all (Chopin 14). Laughing, submitting to, and loving her husband deeply, that is living. The moment Mrs. Mallard chose to see marriage as a binding contract rather than a gift from God is the moment Mrs. Mallard should have been handed a death certificate. Seeing a death as freedom, thinking “there would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself,” gives a peek into her calloused heart (Chopin 14).
Although each character has a different view on sex, they all share the mindset that casual sex is acceptable. The show never breaches this mindset, creating a world where promiscuity and sexually aggressive women are common, and sexy. Samantha Jones, played by Kim Cattrall, is a sexually dominant character who is afraid of commitment. The episode entitled "The Good Fight" ("The Good Fight" 1) features Samantha explaining to her friends that her current lover is just a "sex thing" and that her emotions are intact.
Unbeknownst to herself and her company, Mr. Mallard had survived, and within an hour the promises of a bright future for Mrs. Mallard had both began and came to an end. Her grievous death was misconstrued as joy to the others: "they said she had died of heart disease-of joy that kills" (Chopin 471). This statement embodies the distorted misconception that a woman lives only for her man. The audience, in fact, sees just the opposite. To Louise her life was elongated at the news of her husband's death, not cut short.
She spoke her mind and was quick to talk about her knowledge in pleasing men, sex and she spoke out against virginity. Another strong characteristic she possessed could was her ability to please herself and her how she refused to consider the opinion of others. This trait could also be looked at as a negative, because she did not care about her first 4 husbands either. The Wife of Bath also spoke her mind on the traditions that existed in her generation.
Tremendous volumes of literature were written to reinforce appropriate female behaviour. By the mid-eighteenth century, the ideological division of women into two classes, the virtuous and the fallen, was well developed (Armstrong, 18). Literature often portrayed both of these women, with the virtuous triumphing at the end and the fallen receiving her appropriate punishment. Chopin followe... ... middle of paper ... ...ery caused tremendous controversy when the book was published in 1899. Whatever the moralistic tone of The Awakening, it is definitely a powerful novel about female sexuality and the first in American fiction to criticize the presumption that sex and marriage were associated.
As we know the character Mrs. Mallard finally enjoyed how joyful it was to have freedom and viewed the world with a fresh outlook, but suddenly all of her dreams broke up, and this caused her death. She actually died of shock when she saw that her husband wasn’t dead after all, and all her new freedom was not to be. She would be referred to the prison of her life as a Victorian wife. The ending greatly satirized that not all women wanted to be dominated by their husband and society.
Mrs. Mallard, instead of wondering who will support her in years to come, realizes that she will have no one binding her a... ... middle of paper ... ...sease - of joy that kills" (Chopin 215). While all of the characters in the story think that Mrs. Mallard died of joy, the reader of the story knows otherwise. Mrs. Mallard actually died because she was heart-broken and shocked at the reality of her husband being alive. With the news of him being alive, her plans for a free, self-sufficient future are dashed. The use of irony is integral to the plot of "The Story of and Hour" by Kate Chopin.