Analysis Of `` Happy Endings `` By Kate Chopin Essay

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There is about a hundred-year gap between the two stories, as Kate Chopin’s “The Storm” was written in 1898, though published only in 1969, while Margaret Atwood’s short story “Happy Endings” was created in 1983. In spite of the time and even cultural differences, both stories have much in common, as they are devoted to an eternal theme of human relations, of choices and challenges that men and women make every day of their mutual existence. The thesis comes from the statement that both stories treat love as something unconventional and finally threatening, as in Atwood’s story, every plot line finishes with death, and in Chopin’s story, the love scene is set at the background of ruin, chaos and destruction; on the other hand, Atwood is more innovative in depicting various love scenarios, while Chopin chooses for her heroine stability and life control.
“The Storm” deals with a rather provocative theme of sexuality and adultery, untypical of public presentation at the end of the XIX century, perhaps, that is one of the reasons for its being published only in 1960s, the period of sexual revolution. The story is set in Louisiana, where the majority of inhabitants are Catholics, for whom adultery is a cardinal sin. That’s why Chopin’s story is accompanied with the idea of death from the very beginning, though it is reflected implicitly, and the picture of a rising storm is one of the key symbolic embodiments of a coming threat to a soul’s ruin. The story starts with some…

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