Elements Of Fiction "The Storm" Essay

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In the beginning of “The Storm”, Bobinot and Bibi (father and son) go to town to get some shrimp for Calixta (wife and mother) because Bobinot knows she likes them. Meanwhile, Calixta is at home doing housework while a bad storm brews outside. She hears the thunder start rolling and goes outside to retrieve Bobinot’s laundry and she is met by her old lover, Alcee. The walk inside the house and talk for a while, and they end up having an affair on the couch. After their passionate exchange, Alcee leaves before Bobinot and Bibi arrive back home. Once they return, Calixta worries over them and fusses at them for being out during the storm. Once she sees the shrimp that Bobinot brought her, she ...view middle of the document...

[Calixta’s] lips were red and moist as pomegranate seed. Her white neck and glimpse of her full, firm bosom disturbed [Alcee] powerfully” (82) clearly shows his lust for her flesh. “…The fear in her liquid blue eyes had given place to a drowsy gleam that unconsciously betrayed a sensuous desire” (83). Both Alcee and Calixta had equal amounts of passion for each other. It shows Calixta’s infidelity because she was a married woman, yet she still wanted Alcee.
Another symbol that Chopin uses is the color white, to represent innocence. “If [Calixta] was not an immaculate dove in those days, she was still inviolate; a passionate creature, whose very defenselessness had made her defense, against which [Alcee’s] honor forbade him to prevail” (83) almost makes it seem like he was intimidated by her innocence. “The generous abundance of her passion, without guile or trickery, was like a white flame which penetrated and found response in depths of his own sensuous nature that had never yet been reached” (83) show the reader that Calixta gave her love purely and freely to Alcee with no remorse. Chopin also uses the color white to represent purity of marriage. “Devoted as [Clarisse] was to her husband, their intimate, conjugal life was something which she was more than willing to forego for a while” (84) shows that Clarisse kept her marriage pure by staying faithful to her husband. Another example where purity is shown is describing Calixta and Bobinot’s bedroom. “The door stood open, and the room, with its white, monumental bed, its closed shutters, looked dim and mysterious” (82). The bedroom represents the purity of intimacy between two married people. This could also be considered ironic because Bobinot and Calixta’s marriage was no...

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