The Storm - an Analysis

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Cristian Longoria “THE STORM” – AN ANALYSIS Kate Chopin was a 19th Century American author who was considered the forerunner of feminist novelists. As evident, in her short story “The Storm”, Kate Chopin was clearly ahead of her time. “The Storm” is a story of complex emotions as experienced by Chopin's protagonist, Calixta, a married woman who has a brief sexual encounter outside of her marriage. Chopin’s ability to write with empathy not only brings her characters to life but also allows the reader insights into the characters’ emotions. It is clear from Chopin’s writing style that she sympathizes with her female character, makes no moral judgment regarding Calixta’s actions, and leads the reader through the action so as to come to a similar conclusion. Chopin uses the image of a storm to create apprehension and represent emotional turmoil and the reader can sense the mounting tension throughout the story thanks to the imagery Chopin uses, “ … somber clouds that were rolling with sinister intention from the west, accompanied by a sullen, threatening roar”. We first see the storm through the eyes of Calixta’s husband Bobinôt and young son Bibi. Bobinôt and Bibi recognize that the storm could pose a threat, if they challenge its existence, but if they wait it out, they will be fine, “… the storm bursts. It shook the wooden store and seemed to be ripping great furrows in the distant field. Bibi laid his little hand on his father’s knee and was not afraid”. This one statement, at the beginning of the story, sets-up the reader’s expectations and tells the reader that whatever happens, Calixta’s family is safe. We know that the “storm” will not harm the family unit. As the story switches to Calixta’s point of view, we find that Calixta seems unaware of the approaching storm, yet she is conscious of her own discomfort, “…she felt very warm and
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