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A Paper After reading four short stories by Kate Chopin I found many similarities between them All of her characters seem to be searching for their roles identities and place in society This search is a consistent theme throughout her four stories In addition there are three major characteristics used by the author in all four stories such as the symbolism of the titles span of time the stories suggest and the settings The symbolism expressed by the title of The Storm represents the feminine desire and sexuality of Calixta Her passion for Alcee takes place within the time of a passing storm In the story The Fig a young girl named Babette and an older woman Maman-Nainaine are symbolized by the title Babette symbolizes a young girl starting to develop and mature as a green fig in the growing season of spring Maman-Nainainet the older woman represents coming to the end of life in old age and the ripened brown fig harvested for fall The passage of time for the figs to ripen represents the human maturity process The symbolism continues in Desirres Baby The child represents the prejudices and treatment of Negros during those times Time is also relevant to this story because with time always comes the truth In Desirres Baby the husband banishes his wife because he misunderstands the truth Finally after several weeks he discovers the truth about his own past and realizes that his ancestry was to blame for the color of the baby In The Story of an Hour Mrs Mallard is taken through many emotional states in a short period of time Upon hearing of her husbands alleged death she is stunned but then comes to realize that she is now a free woman She can live her life without restrictions and demands set by her husband As she looks out her window Mrs Mallard sees the scenery alive with spring in the
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