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In Kate Chopins short story The Storm the narrative surrounds the brief extramarital affair of two individuals Calixta and Alce Many critics do not see the story as a condemnation of infidelity but rather as an affirmation of human sexuality This essay argues that The Storm may be interpreted as a specific affirmation of feminine sexuality and passion conjoined with a condemnation of its repression by the constraints of society If one is to attempt to interpret The Storm it becomes necessary to examine the conditions surrounding the storys genesis The story was written in 1898 very shortly after Chopin had completed The Awakening the boldest treatment so far in American literature of the sensuous independant woman Seyersted 1969 p164 The Storm was not published however until well after Chopins death doubtless because of the as-yet unparalleled sensuousness of the story and its characters In his critical biography Kate Chopin Per Seyersted argues that The Storm is objective in its portrayal of human sexuality and that Chopin is not consciously speaking as a woman but as an individual p169 One must question this assertion however it is doubtful that in writing The Storm so soon after completing her feminist novel Chopin had the protest of The Awakening off her mind p169 The title of The Storm with its obvious connotations of sexual energy and passion is of course critical to any interpretation of the narrative Chopins title refers to nature which is symbolically feminine the storm can therefore be seen as symbolic of feminine sexuality and passion and the image of the storm will be returned to again and again throughout the story At the beginning of the tale which is divided into five sections Bobint and his young son Bibi decide to wait out a rapidly approaching storm at the store Bobints wife Calixta is home alone tending to the household chores The second section begins with Calixta being unaware that a storm is
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