What is the relation between the stories "The Storm" and "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that one can find a couple of links between both of Chopin's short stories.  The depiction of women being able to act on their autonomy or consider a life where this freedom is activated is a similarity in both female protagonists of both stories.  I also think that another link between both is the display of how freedom plays a role in the consciousness of the individual.  When Louise is able to consider a life where her freedom is, she understands how to "live life."  It provides a moment of joy for her consciousness.  In "The Storm," Calixta seizes a moment with Alcee.  In the end, we can see how both protagonists either capture a particular moment in their own lives where freedom is enacted or seek that moment where autonomy is present.  In both depictions, female protagonists break out of a structured and stratified consciousness and hope to move into a new domain where consciousness has new meaning present.

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