Marriage is a tradition that was passed down through human history for over five thousand years now. The traditional marriage involves a man and a woman who love and support each other, although in today society it might not be the case. Generally, in traditional marriage, the woman and the man will hold loyalty towards one another because they have a relationship that was established upon trust and bond. Adultery and premarital sex were not existed in that age. However, what we see on the news everyday was a totally different story. The question becomes what leads women to commit adultery and what did they get out of it.
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 content tells us that they had not been engaged in sexual activities. Alcee only came over to the house because there was a storm. The release of repression on their feelings was immense that they were not able to control themselves as they wanted each other for sex in the past. It was not until the moment that he kissed her on the lips, they began having sex. Calixta commits adultery because “the generous abundance of her passion, without a guile or trickery.” (Chopin 101). Her passion has overcome her rationality. Undoubtedly, she was genuine and honest in her passion for her husband and son but this passion ends with the departure of her husband and son. By sleeping with Alcee, Calixta feel fulfilled and satisfied “Calixta watched Alcee ride away… as she lifted her pretty chin in the air and laughed aloud.” (Chopin 102). She was not ashamed of what she did; in fact she was happy that she has fulfilled her wish that has been lasted for many years.
In “No Name Women” by Hong Kingston, it was a different situation b/c the husband of the writer’s aunt has left for America long time before she committed adultery. She was trying to impress the man that she met in town. “To sustain her being in love, she often worked at...