During the research project, I found it difficult to find a lot of articles on Kate Chopin’s The Storm. The Storm was published after the death of Kate Chopin, and has not had as much of a reaction by the public as some of her other works such as The Awakening. Stories like The Awakening had more of an impact on her life than The Storm, because as an author, Chopin was not able to see the reaction to her story by the public. This was difficult because the majority of my research connects Chopin’s personal life to her writing in The Storm. Her personal life has played a role in her stories throughout the years, and finding the impact of the publishing of The Storm would have been a strong element to my research.
Knowing I had to find other ways to make up for this, I started by researching how other publishing’s of her short stories affected her writing. With negative feedback in The Awakening, Chopin cut back on going against the social norms of society. This is one of the reasons why Chopin did not publish The Storm in her lifetime. As much as Chopin tried to go against the grain of society, there is evidence that the view of her novel by society contributed to her overall writing.
Finding connections between Chopin’s personal life and her writing became difficult when searching through literary criticism. I came to realize that going through biographies of Kate Chopin gave more insight on these connections. The biographies really went through an in depth discussion over Chopin’s life away from writing, which brought out more connections.
Although some connections were found in the article themselves, a lot of connections between Chopin and her writing had to come from my own in depth analysis of the articles. Some biographies would point out parts of Chopin’s life that could relate to the characters in her writing, but it was up to me to realize the similarities on my own. This yielded a more in depth close reading of each article, forcing me to really think about Chopin’s life and The Storm.