Analysis of Chopin's short story AT THE 'CADIAN BALL. Discusses how the story expresses typical Chopin themes. Lack of traditional roles meeting desires & aspirations of women. Discusses how the story reflects the cultural values of a society that limited women's expression. How plot and characters carry forth the story's themes.
Kate Chopin's slight short story, "At the 'Cadian Ball," is one of her early local color stories set in the Bayou of Louisiana in its use of place,... more
Kate Chopin's slight short story, "At the 'Cadian Ball," is one of her early local color stories set in the Bayou of Louisiana in its use of place, dialects and characters. The story "is more local color than realism," and its conclusion "more like poetic justice than realism" (Arner 2). A sequel to the story, "The Storm," written four years later, fills in some of the gaps in "Cadian Ball." On its own, however, the earlier story contains the themes that inform Chopin's work: the needs and desires of women are not met by the traditional roles prescribed to them in the late 19th Century. The theme of escape from tradition and authority was dominant in the work of Chopin, "a woman who lived before her time, whose stories might be seen as a vindication of the rights of women, and an author whose literary works were controversial and unappreciated until many