Imagery In Kate Copin's 'The Storm' By Kate Chopin

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“The Storm” is a short story written by Kate Chopin in 1898 and published in 1969. The story revolves around a married woman, Calixta, who cheats on her husband with the man she truly loves, Alcée, during a tempestuous storm. Chopin’s description of the storm is very emblematic and meaningful, using all sorts of imagery to portray what it means to the plot. The storm signifies their adultery and betrayal towards their spouses, but regardless of the fact that their disloyalty is disgraceful. Kate Chopin justifies their perfidies by concluding the story with a happy ending for all of the characters. In the beginning of the short story, Chopin introduces the characters Bobinȏt and Bibi. Bobinȏt is Calixta’s husband and they…show more content…
This demonstrates that in literature, committing adultery seldom contributes to a character’s happiness, but in contrast to many literary works, this act of deceit in “The Storm” made the characters much more content. The last sentence in the short story is “The storm had passed and everyone was happy” (Chopin, page 55). This sentence implies that after Calixta and Alcée made love, all of the restrains of their happiness were broken into. This long awaited experience finally allows the ex-lovers to live their lives without any regret of not knowing the feeling of physically, emotionally and passionately loving their once significant other. Does this point mean that the author is suggesting that we should have affairs in order to be happier in life? Chopin makes it perfectly clear towards the ending of the story that Calixta and her family come off happier when Calixta says: “J’vous reponds, we’ll have a feat’ to-night! Umph-umph!” (Chopin, page 55). This is a remarkable short story, the hauntingly beautiful figures of speech

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