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Homework Help: Kate Chopin Coursework

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Kate Chopin¡¦s stories are essentially about the struggle of freedom

Kate Chopin was one of the most individual and adventurous nineteenth century American writers. Throughout Kate Chopin¡¦s stories, she gave the readers a woman¡¦s view of how repressive and confining marriage can be for a woman, both spiritually and sexually through images of entrapment and freedom. From her stories we do not only learn how she illustrates in the nineteenth century was a difficult time for many women because of the domination of white men over them but we also learn how her social life can be reflected on her stories. In this essay, we are going to explore how the idea of freedom and entrapment develops in one of her masterpieces, ¡¥The Storm¡¦.

The Storm, by Kate Chapin, is a short story about two people that have an affair during a storm. The story involves two families, that of Bobinot, Calixta, and Bibi, and Alcee, Clarisse, and their babies. Calixta is at her house separated from her family due to the storm. Alcee is separated from his family because they are visiting another town. The storm brings Calixta and Alcee together and they have an affair. A storm can mean many things, both good and bad, and it is important to the story both symbolically and directly.

Kate Chopin uses several techniques to create the images of how freedom and entrapment affect Calixta and Alcee. First of all in section two, it is filled with images of entrapment in their marriage: ¡§She sat at a side window sewing furiously on a sewing machine.¡¨ This describes how long she has been unwillingly with this marriage. Chopin uses the word ¡§furiously¡¨ to indicate that the marriage is not going well for Calixta and showing that she has had enough of this marriage. This word creates a tense atmosphere which helps to develop the image of entrapment in this marriage. ¡§It began to grow dark, and suddenly realizing the situation she got up hurriedly and went about closing windows and doors.¡¨ This again, the writer, uses special words like ¡¥dark¡¦ and ¡¥closing window and doors¡¨ to create the effect of entrapment. The house is already dark but when the storm comes, the image shows even more entrapment appearances by the closing of windows and doors.

¡¥The Storm¡¦, as well as symbolizing the images of entrapment and freedom, she also plays with words and images. A storm, to most people, is seen as negative, referring to the actual, physical storm. However, in the story, it can represent a completely opposite impression. The storm can be thought to represent how an affair can affect a marriage. Kate Chopin does not only play with words and images in ¡¥The Storm¡¦; she also does that in one of her other masterwork, ¡¥The Dream of an Hour¡¦. In the first few paragraph of the story, we are told Mrs. Mallard¡¦s husband, Mr. Brently Mallard, has been involved in a railroad disaster and in the list of killed. Yet again, she plays with this imagery. For a lot of people, if someone of their family dies, naturally they will feel upset and sad. However

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