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Kate Chopin's “The Storm” Essay

1192 words - 5 pages

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.” (Chopin807) Then he kisses her passionately. “It reminds him of Assumption.”(Chopin807) “Assumption was a Parrish town in Louisiana.”(assumption.la.com/history) “It was there that they first kissed and kissed, until his senses would well neigh fail.”(Chopin807) “Now her lips were free to be tasted, but she is not free, she is now a married woman.”(Chopin 807) Alcee and Calixta are in the middle of a Cyclone, and the desires that they have for one another are so strong that they don’t even pay attention to the storm that’s going on outside. “They did not heed the crashing torrents, and the roar of the elements made her laugh as she lay in his arms.”(Chopin807)
Their love-making was so intense that neither of them had felt those emotions and sensations before. “She was a revelation in that dim, mysterious chamber; as white as the couch she lay upon.” (Chopin807) Chopin goes on to say; “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 had been reached.”(807) She stated that text because Calixta had never felt that way with her own husband....

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