Essay on Kate Chopin's “The Storm”

Essay on Kate Chopin's “The Storm”

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The short story, “The Storm” by Kate Chopin is about a love that could never be until it briefly was. The point that Chopin was trying to get across was that Calixta and Alcee had a strong passion for one-another, and perhaps loved each other, but they could never have been married because of their social differences. It is a passionate, but brief affair between two married people from different social classes that takes place during a cyclone in Louisiana around 1898. The story symbolizes the freedom that a woman felt inside after the rain during a time when women had no freedom. (Firtha lesson 2 page 1)
Calixta and Alcee had a strong passion for each other. Chopin says: Alcee rides up to her house and asks “if he can take shelter until the storm has passed.”(806) “Come ‘long in, M’sieur Alcee.” “His voice and her own startled her as if from a trance, and she seized Bobinots vest.” (806) Also, Chopin makes it a point to state that “she had not seen him very often since her marriage, and never alone.”(806)Calixta was acting very nervous when Alcee was inside her house. “Calixta nervously began to gather up from the floor the lengths of the cotton sheets she had been sewing.”(Chopin806) She attributed her nervousness to Bobinot and her son Bibi being “out in the storm”(Chopin806), but “She is staring out the window and is startled by the thunder, so Alcee arm encircled her, and she released herself”(Chopin807), instead of saying if only I new where Bobinot and Bibi are, she says “If only I knew w’ere Bibi was.” Likewise, “as she glanced up at him the fear in her liquid blue eyes had given place to a drowsy gleam that unconsciously betrayed a sensuous desire.”(Chopin 807)and “Her lips were as red and moist as pomegranate seed.”...


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...put aside all of their social differences and gave in to all of the emotions they had felt for so long. When the storm had passed they found such an amazing freedom, and the way that they viewed the world around them would be forever changed.



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