In “The Storm” by Chopin, the marriage between Bobinot and Calixta was both successful and unsuccessful. Bobinot was extremely loyal to Calixta as he does everything only for the family. He went grocery shopping for Calixta and his son. In the meantime, Calixta was waiting at home and at the same time concerned about Bibi and Bobinot, her son and her husband even when Alcee came to the house to stay over. “Ah’ if there’s bobinot with Bibi out in that storm-if he lonely didn’t left Friedheimer’s!” (Chopin 100). “Bonte… the house’ll go next! If I only knew where Bibi was” From these quotes, we can speculate that Calixta was really worried about her family.
When Alcee came to Calixta’s house, nothing was happening; there was no scheme for meeting up for adultery because they were very stiff and polite at the beginning. “May I come and wait on your gallery till the storm is over, Calixta?” he asked. “Come’ long in, M’sieur Alcee.” (Chopin 100). Their conversation was not flirtatious at the beginning. Alcee has greeted her by name and ask for permission to enter the house while Calixta called him Mr Alcee. This ...
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...ed a raid against her. In the case of Calixta, nobody knew about the affair between her and Alcee. The author wrote “Everyone is happy at the end”. But the truth is Bobinot and Clarissee were just living in lies and once they discover the truth, everyone will not be happy for sure.
The concepts of adultery and marriage gains ground in this story through its very setting as Kingston herself mentions that, had her aunt been accused of adultery during the more prosperous times of her village “she might have escaped severe punishment” (Kingston, 231) as opposed to the actual situation at the time. Marriage and adultery are thus the common themes in both the story while they way these theme have been incorporated differ due to the differing settings. While in one story, in the end, “everyone was happy” (Chopin, IV), the other story experiences a rather tragic ending.
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