December 6, 2012
Challenging the Notion of Love
People and cultures have often been forced to accept rules and morals about romance, sex and love that are dictated to them by society. These restrictions are not always in line with the true feelings of the people, and there are times when their behavior belies what is expected. Through the relationships of her characters and their circumstances during the setting of a storm, Kate Chopin presents a story in “The Storm” that challenges the generally accepted notion of love.
"The Storm" is centered around two main characters, Calixta and Alcee, and an intense, brief love affair between ...view middle of the document...
Alcee had suffered from loneliness and Calixta from her feelings of being inhibited, but after their brief, adulterous affair, they feel much more at ease with themselves. They find a passionate love in one another, all the while knowing they will go back to their accepted and somewhat oppressive marriages immediately thereafter. In many ways, it expresses Chopin's thought that their adultery is not a completely harmful act, but one that can provide contentment and pleasure to characters much in need of change in their lives even if it defies society and it's expectations.
The setting in Kate Chopin's "The Storm" is a torrential storm that approaches quickly, takes over the lives of the characters in the story and then leaves as suddenly as it came. The storm supports the plot in the way that Alcee enters the story suddenly like the storm, has a tumultuous affair with Calixta and then leaves just as quickly, allowing life to return to normal, much like the weather after a storm. "The rain was over; and the sun was turning the glistening green world into a palace of gems. Calixta, on the gallery, watched Alcee ride away. He turned and smiled at her with a beaming face; and she lifted her pretty chin in the air and laughed aloud" (Chopin 113). After the storm and the passionate affair, the world they live in has changed to something that is "glistening green" and much the same, Alcee and Calixta have turned into very happy people who are refreshed, reflective of and much...