The Storm: Literary Analysis Today Kate Chopin is recognized as one of the 20th century’s foremost While Chopin’s works explored a varietyof themes one of the most prominent considerations has been the exploration of feminist concerns. Indeed, in both Chopin’s novels and short stories she is recognized for challenging accepted social notions of gender and class. In her story ‘the Storm’ she follows the events of a storm that causes two people to brace for shelter. This essay examines this story in relation to a variety of literary and narrative concerns.
One of the early narrative concerns of the story is the recognition that the narrative elements build along with the specific oncoming storm. In these regards, the reader experiences the oncoming nature of the storm along with the characters. Chopin implements the impending storm as a means of heightening the need of the characters to ban together to face the challenges. One character asks, May I come and wait on your gallery till the storm is over, Calixta? (Chopin). Such considerations, while directly contributing to the narrative, also add the dimension of care and concern.
The nature of the story as considering the storm from this metaphorical perspective is heightened by Chopin’s implementation of vivid and descriptive language that demonstrates the ways that the characters ban together Chopin writes, Calixta put her hands to her eyes, and with a cry, staggered backward. Alcées arm encircled her, and for an instant he drew her close and spasmodically to him (Chopin). This language is woven into the fabric of the story. This is significant as the narrative represents not simply the literal storm, but also the broader metaphorical considerations related to the nature of life sometimes functioning like a storm. there is then the subsequent metaphorical need for individuals to ban together to take shelter against this storm. This interpretation is heightened by the story’s conclusion that results in the resolution of troublesome events in the characters lives, along with the ending of the storm.
In addition to the metaphorical concerns advanced by the narrative, the story implements the storm as a means of heightening character concerns. Perhaps the most prominent instance of occurs in regards to the remembering of the events in Assumption. Chopin writes, she remembered. for in Assumption he had kissed her and kissed and kissed her. until his senses would well nigh fail, and to save her he would resort to a desperate flight (Chopin). Chopin then implements the storm narrative not only as a means of metaphorical significance, but also to heighten the narrative through placing the characters in this proximity.
In conclusion, this essay has examined Kate Chopin’s short story ‘the Storm’ in relation to its implementation of narrative and literary techniques. In regards to narrative techniques the essay demonstrates that the story implements the storm as a means of bring the characters in closer proximity. additionally it allows the reader to experience the progressive oncoming of the storm along with the characters. Additionally, the storm implements the storm as a metaphor on the challenges of life and need to ban together to face them.
Chopin, Kate. The Storm. literary classics. N.p., 2009. Web. 3 Jul 2012. .