December 7th, 2012
Feminine Sexuality, Feminine Freedom, Sexism and Relationship
â€œDesireeâ€™s Babyâ€, â€œThe Stormâ€ and â€œThe Story of an Hourâ€ are all short stories written by the author Kate Chopinâ€™s. Feminine sexuality, sexism, feminine freedom and male/females relationships are all related to these short stories. Chopinâ€™s is known as an author for female independence and human sexuality. This can be seen more in â€œDesireeâ€™s Babyâ€. Whereas, feminine freedom is expressed in â€œThe Stormâ€ and â€œThe Story of an Hourâ€. Both women discovered their freedom and in some case this can also be the same for Desireeâ€™s Baby. All three ...view middle of the document...
Questions like what does her baby color meant? Armand knew that their son was mixed so therefore â€œabsented himself from home; and avoided her present and her child without excuseâ€ (Chopin 303). After feeling abandoned Desiree wrote her mother a letter that suggested she comes home. After given consent from her husband she and her baby disappeared â€œshe leaved with only the clothes on her back, her â€œThin white garmentâ€ (Chopin 304). She returned to Bayou. After she left Armand discovered a letter from his mother written to his father thanking â€œThe good God for having so arranged our lives that out dear Armand will never know that his mother, who adores him belongs to the race that is cursed with the brand of slaveryâ€ (Chopin 305). Armand now blames himself for making his son mixed. Desiree had forced Armand to look at himself and â€œHate the very thing that he isâ€ (Foy). There wasnâ€™t make feminine Sexuality involved in this story but relationship was. Her marriage went from happy to disaster.
â€œThe Stormâ€ holds a very symbolic meaning for passion. It also states feminine sexuality through Calixta and Alcee relationship. With Calixta being married to her husband Bobinot she still committed adultery. This story puts aside the constraint of society and marriage and opens a door for feminine sexuality. Both Calixta and Alcee are married to someone else, but there were still some mutual feelings between both of them. â€œThe Stormâ€ helps us understand the human natural tendency towards sexual passion. The storm helps us illustrate the sexual tension between Alcee and Calixta. Critic Robert Wilson suggest â€œChopinâ€™s 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 again throughout the storyâ€ (1). The story began with Calixta husband being unaware of her sexual desire. Then it goes on explaining what Calixta was doing at home â€œUnaware that the storm is comingâ€ (Wilson 2). This suggests to Wilson that â€œHer sexuality is repressed y the constraint of her marriage and society view of women represented in this passage by the houseworkâ€ (2). The story continues on using the storm until Alcee and Calixta sexual encounter that the storm passed away. After their encounter they are faced with what they have done. Unfortunately there wasnâ€™t any guilt to what they did. They felt like new people and happy â€œSo the storm passed and everyone was happyâ€ (309). They both were happy without any guilt â€œAlcee leaves, he turns and smiles and Calixta laughs out loud; her passion is seen to be natural, experienced without guilt or shame said Wilson (4). With this encounter Calixta released feminine sexuality in a more complex way.
As mentioned earlier â€œThe Story of an Hourâ€ relates to freedom. Mrs. Mallard married to Mr. Mallard found out her husband is dead. This was hard and sad for her at first...