The Storm Essay

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The Storm Upon first reading of Kate Chopin's, "The Storm," you initially come to a broad conclusion that the title has something to do with this short story. Not only does a storm ravage a small rural community in the physical realm of the story's setting, but also the title assumes a more symbolic meaning after reading this selection. This in its entirety is a storm; a storm that is strong and overpowering yet quick and unyielding. The metaphorical storm that I speak of is the very turmoil of everyday relationships that occasionally manifests itself due to reasons of dissatisfaction and/or misunderstanding. This is the main interpretation that I took from reading this story because it clearly made its intent shown as I read deeper into the text. This story begins with a father, Bobinot, and his young son, Bibi, shopping at a local store in their community that is relatively distant from their house. Immediately the setting demonstrates the inevitability of a storm, as also the title suggests. So the two characters remained in the store knowing full well that a violent storm was coming. With the father and son at the store, the mother, Calixta, is busy at home intently sewing a project that has her full attention until the sky grows noticeably darker. This is where she realizes that a big storm was imminent, so she begins to prepare the house for the oncoming weather. It is here that a new character steps into play, Alcee Laballiere, and you begin to feel that he brings something more to the story than just a profile of a minor character. As the storm grows in strength and intensity, so do the apparent lustful actions between Alcee and Calixta. Both of these characters are married to other people, yet passion and longing bring them together which creates a tempting taboo....

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