Imagery And Symbolism In Kate Chopin's 'The Storm'

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Storytelling has been a common pastime for centuries. Over the years it has evolved into different styles containing different themes. Kate Chopin, a well-known author of the 20th century, wrote stories about the secrets in women’s lives that no one dared to speak of. Her work was not always appreciated and even considered scandalous, but it opened up a world that others were too afraid to touch. In Chopin’s story “The Storm,” a woman has an affair that causes an unlikely effect. The story’s two themes are portrayed greatly through an abundance of imagery and symbolism, along with the two main characters themselves.
The first theme that is prevalent throughout the story is love. The main characters, Calixta and Alcee, love their families. When Calixta realizes the treacherous storm brewing in the distance, she fears for the safety of her husband and child. Alcee admits to missing his family in a “loving letter, full of tender solicitude” (Chopin 126). However the theme itself does not stop at love. It delves deeper into a more specific type of passion: affair.
The theme of the affair is emphasized through two key symbols that are found throughout the story: the color white and the storm. The color white is used to represent the sexual tension between the two. Calixta’s “white
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These two themes are built upon two main characters. Even the smallest details of these characters bring out the themes in a way that can only give the story a happy ending. Calixta still has a place in her heart for Alce, her prince charming, which gives the affair a chance to happen. The overall story is symbolized through the color white and the passing storm which intensifies all of the emotions in the story. “The Storm” was a controversial story that many did not approve of when it was first written. Today it is appreciated, along with most of Chopin’s work, as an important part of the feminine