Formalism In Kate Chopin's The Storm

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The Formalist Approach

Formalism is a type of criticism that allows a reader to review a certain text or piece of literature but you only focus on the literary elements throughout the piece such as: diction, irony, metaphors, symbolism, paradoxes, etc. But like all approaches to literature or anything in life, there are pros and cons. Some good things about formalism is that it gives you an idea of the author’s intent, helps the reader understand figurative language, literary devices, and more of the writer’s techniques, is easier for the reader to understand instead of bringing outside information that may potentially take away from what the text is really saying.

The primary goal of formalism is for the reader to take all elements that
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In the beginning of the book, Calixta is sewing furiously before the storm finally approaches, then along comes Alcée who arrives on her front porch and grabs Bobinôt’s (Calixta’s husband) trousers which symbolized that he has taken over the role of the man of the house since her husband is absent at the moment (836). The story then takes a turn and Calixta and Alcée are now in bed after just fornicating. After a while Alcée leaves on his horse followed by Bobinôt and Bibi coming home and bringing shrimp while mud is all over them from being out in the storm but Calixta doesn’t seem to notice, even though other times she would be upset with them coming home that …show more content…
This alone helps us to understand why the story “The Storm” was based around Calixta. She got married at the age of nineteen and had six children. Her husband died a little after leaving her to be a widow. Chopin wrote this story in 1898 but it wasn’t published until 1960. In the 1890s which was also known as the Victorian Age, women were expected to stay at home, take care of the children, and cook. Also sex was not talked about and women weren’t really allowed to have an opinion on things

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