She is home alone when a storm begins while her son and husband are out. Her ex-boyfriend arrives at her home to ask for shelter while the storm passes. Despite the love she has for her family she has an affair with him which, contrary from what expected, ends up benefiting everyone at the end somehow. In both her short stories “The Story of an Hour” and “The Storm” Chopin addresses feminist issues concerning women’s independence and liberation from their marriages ; therefore, suggesting that during her time women were oppressed in their marriage and in some cases men as well.
Throughout history women have been struggle about inequality in society, and most important in their marriage. From the 1960’s to present, women had fight for the oppressing and marginalization to become an essential element in society. The literature has influence women to speaking out and standing out for their rights. Kate Chopin was a recognizable American fiction writer for her feminist style focused about eroticism and adultery. The feminist theory has different approaches that two of them can be identify in Kate’s work; the main goal of feminist to promote women equality and the patriarchal ideology. Even though she was rise for her mother and grandmother and become widow, she was raise as a reclusive individual and observe the difficulties
The world has always known that women were not given all of their rights. During the 19th century and even before then, most of the time women were just forced to do what they were told and what the society expected from them. Women didn’t get to make their own choices. They couldn’t fall in love, work, or be part of the society in any possible way. They were born to get old, marry, and take care of their husbands, house, and kids. Kate Chopin was one of the authors who wrote multiple stories about women and feminism. In Kate Chopin’s “The Storm,” Calixta was married, but when she saw Alcee she ignored the fact that she was married and she committed adultery with him. Kate Chopin describes how Calixta is unhappy with her married life, and how she finds happiness in adultery.
Kate Chopin’s writing has captivated the minds of critics. As an author, Kate Chopin used her way of writing to illustrate to readers how her upbringing formed her views on society morals and values. Chopin demonstrates through her writing that she was a big advocate of women's rights on account of political, social, and economic inequality to men. Kate Chopin’s works such as “The Storm,” exemplify her views on feminism and suggests that women should have the freedom to express who they really are. Chopin’s “The Storm” illustrates how her life experiences in Louisiana influenced her writing to overstep “male-defined borders” and challenge society’s opinions and views on women (Streater 1).
In the context of a tumultuous time for the United States that was undergoing drastic changes socially, politically and ideologically, Kate Chopin published her first novel At Fault in 1890. Probably not aware of her role as one of the forerunners of the feminist movement in the late nineteenth century, Chopin embarked on expressing what women do feel, experience and suffer in their everyday lives. The first seeds of feminism, effectively, started essentially with the emergence of a group of women writers in England as well as in the United States who dared to speak about women from the standpoint of women and targeting a female audience. In spite of the fact that women had been taught to keep quiet, repress their voices and “internalize the codes of genteel womanhood” (Showalter 177), women writers during the nineteenth century attempted to reconstruct themselves as free individuals and refashion the image of the ideal woman. This was possible through writing that enabled them to “break new ground[s] and create new possibilities” (Showalter 19). G.H Lewes defines “female literature” as the articulation of women’s experience which “guides itself by its own impulses to autonomous self-expression” (qtd. in Showalter 13). Following women’s awareness of the unequal treatment they receive from men, their
Chopin's short story, "The Storm," shows the reader some of the controversial issues she wrote about. It was written in 1898 and was one of the last stories that she wrote before Awakening. It tells of the struggles of one woman to find happiness and excitement in her everyday life. The reader really does not get much information on the relationship at the beginning of the story, but one can imagine that it was becoming monotonous and boring. The title itself lets the reader know that this storm is the result of a long chain of events that have built up over time, like a thunderstorm in the middle of the summer comes after many long days of intense heat. In the following paragraphs, I will discuss the events that lead to the apex of the 'storm,' the consequences that follow the decisions that are made, and how this short story could be seen as feministic.
Today women are being mistreated for just the gender roles and stereotypes that revolve in the human society. Depending on the time period and culture, women are expected to act in a certain way. Throughout history, many relationships can be found in different cultures regarding the way women were treated. In Ibsen’s A Doll’s house, Nora reflects the responsibilities and roles of Norwegian women during the late 1870s. Torvald, Nora’s husband, also shows the way men treated women and what roles they played in a marriage. Here, women are portrayed as dependent on men, they don’t have much freedom, and they are not allowed to have opinions. Women are taught to rely on men and be acquiescent to their husbands. Many stereotypes and gender roles found in A Doll’s House can also be observed in
Time had changed, the housekeeper was not the symbol of the woman anymore. Some women put down their responsibility for the family to look for so-called “passion,” which caused potential risk for family. In the article “What’s Hidden in Kate Chopin’s ‘the Storm,’” Bartee, professor at Strayer University, stated, “One can be free to make a choice if you want to be with a person and not have to be stuck in an unwanted relationship.” She explains that the selective right was not just for men but also for women; they were not affected by the feudal ideology. On the other hand, Readers were able to substitute into woman’s inner thought and sense through the effective tone and third person narration; it allowed us to understand the desire of modern women who pursued the excitement outside of their marriage. Even though it was a good phenomenon that woman had the freedom of choice, was everyone happy as the storm
This is a critical analyzation of the short fiction, “The Story of an Hour” in a Feminist approach. “The Story of an Hour” was written by Kate Chopin. Kate Chopin wrote and published this short story in the year of 1894. I chose to analyze “The Story of an Hour” in a Feminist approach because after reading this story, I came to the conclusion that this is the perfect fiction story that shows what women had to go through back in the early nineteenth century. Even though Kate Chopin did not write this based off of a true story, it still symbolizes and shows the struggles, and the way women in families were looked upon in their home, and even out in public.
Kate Chopin is very well known for her extremely unique writing. Not only are her works striking of feminism, but the way she approached topics were not easily tolerated at that time especially for her gender. Many of her stories tie into marriage and the unhappiness that it brings. In Desiree’s Baby Chopin says, “And the very spirit of Satan seemed suddenly to take hold of him…” Comparing the woman’s husband to that of Satan shows the intensity of disgust between the two in the relationship. Strong statements such as these are often seen in “The Storm” and “The Story of an Hour.” In Chopin’s life she was married, and her stories lead me to believe that she viewed her marriage as a trap and suffered from lack of privacy and control. Despite how provoking Chopin’s works were she was long ignored by readers and critics until her stories hit the surface in the 1960’s and became more popular. The women in her stories are constantly seeking freedom, lust, and attention.
The first thing that the reader will notice regarding gender is the title of the play “A Doll’s House”. This reveals to the reader, Nora’s and possible Torvald’s status within the play. Nora is unable to be herself as she is not seen as an equal in her marriage. Instead, she is something to be admired and flaunted. This need for her to be something that Torvald can show off. Both Nora and Torvald are living lives based on illusion. Torvald has made Nora his perfect little doll so that he can look good. She thinks that he is a person with incredible strength, she becomes disillusioned with him at the end of the play when he exposes himself as just a man. This paper will look at the way that society’s expectations of gender roles are perceived
Nowadays she is seen as one of the pioneers of the 20th century’s feminist authors. She mainly uses feminism as her major theme and her works include many elements of realism, naturalism, romanticism and transcendentalism. Like many of her short stories “The Storm” also takes place in Louisiana where she started to live after she got married, and deals with femininity. However, “The Storm” is published after her death because of its sexual content so, she is thought to have been ahead of her time as she dealt with feminism and sex. In “The Storm” Chopin reveals a woman protagonist’s finding happiness or satisfaction outside of the society’s norms and morality.
“Cry, the beloved country” written by Alan Patton and “Women as lovers” written by Elfriede Jelinek, are two books we had to read in class. These books displayed the way we as people interact with each other. Even though these two books are not about the same topic the authors do have a way to make the world seem broken. In this paper I will be showing how exactly these two books made the world seem broken, but in the different ways the author used. “Women as lovers” simply put, is a book written with a cynical twist on love. “Cry, the beloved country” is more so about family and trying to reach them to “come back” not just a home, but back to the love of family. The thing these books have in common is that, in the end did the characters get what they really wanted or did the world make them settle. The differences are how they got to that place in life.
“ A women should be able to kiss a man without a desire to be his wife or mistress.” (F. Scott Fitzgerald). In the early 1900’s Kate Chopin published her feminism story, ”The Storm” The story is about an innocent affair between two married couples. In the story Alcee , who is Calixta’s formal lover, must take shelter from a passing storm in Calixta's house. While Calixta’s husband chooses to wait the storm out at the local store with their son. While the storm splits these marriages, Calixta is discovering pleasure from within that she did not know was there prior to the tempest. Kate Chopin illustrates the sexual desire, the symbolization of the passionate tempest, and a defiant expression of emotions found within the feminine gender in this