Chopin Kate Essay

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Kate Chopin wrote in a time period that believed women did not even possess sexual desires, but only behaved properly and did their duties, one of which was sex, in serving their husband. Chopin refused to agree with these ideas and wrote many fictional stories that aided in redefining society’s view of the roles of females. In writing “The Storm,” Kate Chopin awoke new and controversial ideas in her readers’ minds concerning women’s sexuality by illustrating a wife who felt she had to step outside the confines of her marriage, where sexuality should be unreserved, in order to experience true freedom in the expression of her sexuality. Chopin became an innovative, yet very controversial fiction writer when she placed few restrictions upon her female characters and allowed her female characters to either possess or try to obtain independence throughout each story. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt wrote that “one of the threads weaving its way through the writing of women … is the attempt to recast into a more palatable form traditional Western myth with its patriarchal point of view – a point of view which molds our realities, fixes our values, and limits the vision of individual possibilities” (Shurbutt 14). Females’ writings need to be “corrections” of men’s views in their writings of women and “representations of what women find divine and demonic in themselves (14). Chopin has accomplished these feats of corrections and representations of women by creating female characters that defy “social convention,” as she herself often did in her own personal life by smoking and walking through town without a male attendant, and affirm “female selfhood independent of the masculine shadow which generally limits the lives of many Chopin characters” (16). The myth of the need to keep “female passions under rein” and “that Victorian notion of woman’s somewhat anemic sexuality”

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