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Analysis of Articles about Kate Chopin’s Works

Bender critically analyses mood, symbolism, and language in several of Kate Chopin’s short stories, including “The Storm.” As he contends, Chopin carefully selects a language, not only to reflect mood but to convey atmosphere. As an example of this, Bender highlights the language used to describe the love scene, illustrating the extent to which it echoes both the raging weather and the storm of emotions exploding from within the depths of either of the two characters. According to Bender, there is an undeniable lyrical/poetic quality to Chopin’s writing. Readers may independently arrive at a similar conclusion. A reading of the scene in question indicates that length-wise, it is really quite sparse but, nevertheless, language selection communicates meaning behind words. Quite simply stated, insofar as the scene is preceded by the rescue of Bobinot’s trousers (Sunday suit, implying church and reminiscent of marital vows) by Alcee and accompanied by a storm which quite effectively seals the lovers from the outside world, it is pregnant with symbolism and unspoken, but implied, meaning. There is, indeed, a lyricism to Chopin’s selection of language and construction of scenes.
Written in 1898, Chopin’s “The Storm” is highly unconventional, to say the least. Standing as a testament to both Chopin’s liberationist viewpoints and her ability to have her characters tell their tale without authorial intervention, judgment, and censure, the story is about a single incident of adultery. The female protagonist, as the male, is married and while her marriage gives the impression of calm and solidity, it is hardly an emotionally fulfilling one. Therefore, in a single moment of `honesty’ with herself, the protagonist gives in to her true desire and has sexual relations with an old boyfriend. The story is not unconventional in that it tells of an adulterous affair but that it does so without the passage of moral judgment or, indeed, punishment. Within the context of the stated, its boldness is remarkable.

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