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Story Of Nature Desire: The Storm By Kate Chopin

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Kate Chopin’s “The Storm”: Story of Nature Desire
Naturalism is about bringing humans into the “natural world”. We, as humans, are seen as aspects of nature collectively not separate like they once were. “Naturalism holds that everything we are and do is connected to the rest of the world and derived from conditions that precede us and surround us. Each of us is an unfolding natural process, and every aspect of that process is caused, and is a cause itself ” (“A Guide for Naturalism”). Humans are like “animals” they contain the same drives that animals have. They are just plain “natural”. Many authors express naturalism in their writings such as Kate Chopin. She expresses a naturalistic ...view middle of the document...

Chopin’s “environment and sources of freedom and originality model and shape her works” (Koloski xi). The themes and the details of her writing are natural as well as realistic. Nothing is romanced-up or supernatural about this short story. Chopin writes about many things, but her focus is the uncontrollable aspects of humans and how they act due to this trait.
In Chopin’s short story, “The Storm”, Chopin describes the relations between two people and their unruly nature. While Calixta’s family is away in town, a storm approaches. At first, Calixta did not pay the storm any attention when it first started to develop. However, the storm’s intensity elevates as she realizes that the house must be prepped. Like the storm rolled in, so did someone from her past. As we can expect Calixta’s previous lover, Alcée, rode up on his horse and asked if he could wait the storm out in her home. In the short story, it mentions that she had not seen him much since her marriage, and never alone, so this gives the reader insight on what might have happened between them in the past and what is to come in the future (Baym and Levine, 558). The unawareness and intensity of the storm is symbolic of the relations between Calixta and Mr. Alcée. Kate Chopin states, “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 of desire” (Baym and Levine, 559). While the storm intensified so did the outburst of passion between Calixta and Alcée. “The storm and lust that is present in this short story parallel that of the storm that last ‘they seemed to swoon together at the very borderland of life’s mystery’ (595)” (Skaggs 61). After, Alcée rode away; it was like everything when back to normal. Calixta never mentioned the encounter with Mr. Alcée to her family. Calixta participated in these sexual intentions with Alcée and she still welcomes her husband and son home with lighthearted joy (Baym and Levine, 561). She opened her arms to her returning family as if she waited around for them, unaccompanied.
In “The Storm”, Chopin has clearly presented evidence of her being a naturalist. The main focus of this short story is desire. The desire shown by both Calixta and Alcée for each other is obvious. Many people during the time this short story was written would look at it as being “dirty” or filthy. They would look at the affair as being dishonest and unlawful; similar to the way that some of us today. However, the way Chopin expresses the affair is not at all a sense of guilty. She presences it as if it was something that happens often and that it is a natural thing that humans do. Sexual desire is a natural aspect of people’s lives. Even though she is a strong feminist, she does not limit these sexual desires to just the female character, Calixta. She also dives deep into the desires of a man as well. “Both males and females, she seems to tell us, are complex creatures whom have no choice but to...

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