Symbolism in Kate Chopin's "The Storm"

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Symbolism in Kate Chopin's “The Storm” Kate Chopin's short story “The Storm”, has many symbols. The intangible truths is, the storm itself that represents Calixta's internal battle, the colors white, red, and green that represents purity, passion, and hope, and lastly, the shrimps and mud which represents Bobinot's desire to please Calixta. The first symbol, the storm itself, sets the scene for the entire story. “while the storm burst. It shook the wooden store and seemed to be ripping great furrows in the distant field.”(81) “The rain beat upon the low, shingled roof with a force and clatter that threatened to break an entrance and deluge them there.”(82) Parallel to Calixta and Alcee's tryst, there was a raging whirlwind of desire in Calixta's body. “As she glanced up at him the fear in her liquid blue eyes had given place to a drowsy gleam that unconsciously betrayed a sensuous desire.”(82-83) “Oh! She remembered; for in Assumption he had kissed her and kissed and kissed her; until his senses would well nigh fall, and to save her he would resort to a desperate flight.”(83) The second symbol, the colors white, red, and green. White, which represents purity, “as white as the couch she lay upon”(83), leaving the bed untouched, with the sanctity of marriage soundly preserved. Red, which represents passion, “Her lips were as red and moist as pomegranate seed.”(82), which shows Alcee's “old-time infatuation”(82) that he has for Calixta. Green, which represents hope, “the sun was turning the glistening green world into a place of gems.”(83), which is like Chopin suggesting that there is enlightenment and wisdom, as if Calixta and Alcee's love affair is acceptable. Lastly, the symbols shrimps and mud, which represents Bobinot's desire to please Calixta. “Bobinot arose and going across to the counter purchased a can of shrimps, of which Calixta was very fond.”(81)
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