Symbolism in "The Storm" Essay

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Symbolism in “The Storm”

“The Storm”, written by Kate Chopin in 1898, examines the uncontrollable desires of a young wife, lured into the arms of her past lover as her husband and son are caught in a storm. Bobinôt and four-year-old Bibi are running errands when the storm suddenly hit. Bobinôt’s wife, Calixta was at home sewing when she noticed the severe storm happening outside. When Calixta went outside to gather some clothing, her old lover Alcée asked for shelter during the storm. Through her use of symbolism, Chopin gives the reader her feelings on the love affair between Calixta and Alcée. Chopin’s uses symbolism in her use of different colors throughout the story. The color white is mentioned multiple times in the story. White
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But, in the midst of the mayhem there is a sense of peace and harmony within the walls of her home. When Alcée first arrives at Calixta’s home, the rain has just started getting bad. The sexual tension between the two of them heightens when lightning strikes a tree and scares Calixta. This causes her to throw herself into Alcée’s arms for protection. While they are in the throes of passion, the rain reaches its full force. By the time Alcée and Calixta have finished their affair, the rain has stopped and the storm has moved on. It seems as though the rain has washed away their sin of adultery, because when they walk outside the world is shiny and bright. All this time, Bobinôt and Bibi have been waiting at the store. When the storm finally passes, they are able to go home. On their way, Bobinôt is afraid that his wife will be angry with him for taking so long at the store and for not being presentable. To his surprise, when they come in the backdoor, Calixta is fixing dinner and is in a wonderful mood. She checks them over to make sure they are dry and unharmed. She seems genuinely happy to see her husband and son. However, when Bobinôt gives her the treat he picked up for her; she only kisses him on the cheek to show her gratitude. This reinforces the suspicion that they are in a loveless or passionless

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