Symbolism In Kate Chopin's 'The Storm'

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If Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul or Lucy Stone were known as the most famous activist in history for the women’s right, people cannot forget to mention Kate Chopin whenever they talk about the author who contributed to Feminist movement in the world at the end of 19th century. Kate Chopin’s short stories were usually seen as the affirmation of the human rights, especially the right to life and the right to happiness and freedom of all women in male-dominated society. One of the most outstanding writing of hers that completely represents for a progressive outlook and incredible talent is “The Storm”. The story depicted the relationship of some characters: Calixta, Alcee – Calixta’s former lover, Bobinot - Calixta’s husband, her son and Alcee’s…show more content…
“When he touched her breaths they gave themselves up in quivering ecstasy, inviting his lips. Her mouth was a fountain of delight. And when he possessed her, they seemed to swoon together at the very borderland of life’s mystery.” During the storm, Calixta put the moral standards of society aside and finally let her heart and desire take over her reason. Kate Chopin portrayed Calixta’s mood and attitudes that changed for better saying "the generous abundance of her passion, without guile or trickery, was like a white flame which penetrated and found response in depths of his own sensuous nature that had never yet been reached (p II)." We can imply that although Bobinot was a good husband, he could not fulfill what his wife needed in their marriage. However, when the actual storm was gone, nothing was damaged, leaving the town as it had been before the storm, and the fact that Calixta and Alcee would return to faithfulness with their spouses and their lives which belong to them from the beginning and acted like nothing happened. Kate Chopin did not mention that they felt guilty about their affair or not, but both of them somehow changed their mind: they enjoy more their lives, appreciate what they have and realize how good their families are, "So the storm passed and everyone…show more content…
The story had not been acceptable to the society that the woman appears to be in charge the role of a homemaker. She was busy sewing and taking care of house chores while Bobinot and Bibi were at the store. At that time, marriage could be a trap or a stockade when the woman was expected to be obedient in all forms, and they were not expected to express their displeasure in marriage. That situations were described on Calixta’s and Clarisse’s case. Chopin wrote in the story that Clarisse felt ‘the first free breath since her marriage.’ Readers can understand through this line that Clarisse may have felt indisposed to return home, and maybe she was uncomfortable within her marriage; therefore, during her vacation, she is able to breathe free without Alcee on her side. It is possible that these characters were created by Kate Chopin’s own experiences when she had suffered many difficulties in her whole life. Chopin had no choice for being an independent widow to take care her husband’s business and their children as well after his death, so she decided to raise her voice for all woman of that time by writing stories about how the women feel suppressed and restricted spiritually to their marriage. To express her desire of freedom and expect an open-minded view from general society, Chopin is
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