In Kate Chopping “The Storm”, the protagonist Calcite and her ex-boyfriend LLCe find themselves alone in a house during a storm. During this time, their desires surface and they commit adultery. Chopin uses symbolism in order to show their feelings throughout the story. These symbols include the town Assumption and the color white. However, the central symbol is the storm that takes place through the entirety of the story. The storm best shows Calcite’s and LLCsee’s passion that Kate Chopin builds up throughout the story.
In the story, Assumption is a town where Calcite and LLCe once had a relationship. Assumption though is an allusion to an event in religion: Virgin Mar’s elevation into heaven. Thus it implies virginity and chastity. To Calcite and LLCe, it’s a place that reminds them of a time when they were together, but did not have sex due to LLCsee’s unwillingness and attempts to “save” her. It’s this memory of Assumption that intensifies their interaction with each other.
Another humbly, the color white, is usually used to show purity and innocence. Chopin, however, uses it in an ironic sense to show Calcite’s sexuality and is often used to describe Calcite. She’s depicted, such as, “her round, white throat and her white breasts”. Her body is “like a creamy lily” and her passion is expressed as “like a white flame”. The storm is a central symbol that constantly occurs till the end of the story. It brings LLCe to Calcite’s home for shelter though the two haven’t seen each other nice their marriages.
It’s at this point in the story where they meet that the storm also begins to intensify. Here, Chopin repeatedly mentions the severity of the rain pouring down on them and builds up the storm. “The rain beat upon the low, shingled roof with a force and clatter that threatened to break and entrance and deluge them there” and “The rain was coming down in sheets” are examples of this. The force of the rain shows the tension between Calcite and LLCe.