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The Storm by Kate Chopin

The story has context that the pair had some sort of sexual relationship years ago seemed to not get resolved. With detailed description the two end up rekindling the fire that was present. Calcite is a women tied to her husband and suppressed. Calcite personifies Chaplain’s views. After the adultery happens, Calcite finds herself happy. This personifies Chopping ideas that marriage is a constricting tradition that abolishes the free will of both people. However, Alice is just longing for a sexual encounter because of his wife that is far away.

When he goes home to write a letter to his wife, the audience an tell that these desires have been soothed after the affair. Chaplin uses her characters to illustrate her opinion that cheating is not a horrible act, but more of a refreshing view or change in pace for married couples that are dreary of the restraints of marriage. The storm is the apparent symbolism in the story. It may stand for two concepts; desire and scorn. When the storm happens, so does the affair. The storm seemed to reawaken all of the desire built up and left the two to express it.

Secondly, the storm could represent the hatred that Bonito and Claries would have for their spouses if the affair were revealed. Chaplin expresses her views on marriage and sexuality. She switches for very detailed descriptions into vague images, yet always seems to have an understanding of the characters. Unlike other female authors of this time period fighting for equality, Chaplin understands how binding both sexes can be in situations. Chaplin fights that marriage is constricting to both sexes, and that untraditional sexual practices can be liberating.

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