The Storm

The storm is a super obvious symbol. It’s involved in practically every element of the story. First off, it’s the title. Second, it plays a huge role in the plot, forming the beginning and the end of the story. It also plays a really important part in the middle by bringing Calcite and LLCe together, pushing them into each other’s arms and giving them the time and space to get physical before the world outside returns to normal. Other symbolism can include Chopping use of colors.

The whiteness mentioned repeatedly throughout the story. White usually symbolizes purity or chastity, but this story twists it around to represent sexual desire and longing. The bedroom is white, symbolizing how she feels their affair is a sanctified and pure act, rather than a sinful one, as society felt. Also, Calcite’s lips are red and hair is shining gold, symbolizing her appeal to Alice. There are also little symbols throughout the story.

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Like, the chicanery tree being struck by lightning, symbolizing or foreshadowing a great change about to occur. The shrimps that Bonito buys for his wife, as a symbol of his desire to please her, and his fear of her disapproval. The mud on the shoes that he and his son track into the house, as a symbol of the displeasure of Calcite in her station as a housewife, that is associated with her husband and son. Lastly, the color green which is a meaning for a new life after the storm and meaning new growth.

Through her ICC description of the storm Chopin is able to convey to the reader the feeling of her characters. Not only do we understand Calcite’s emotional turmoil, we can feel it. We can feel the oppressive heat that Calcite feels, the oppression that comes from forbidden desire. The storm builds chaotically to its climax, Alice and Calcite are together, and the storm dies out and fades away.


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