05 Mar 2013
Giving into Temptation without Consequences
Occasionally adultery can help bring passion back into a marriage. Kate Chopin’s short story examines the controversial issues of adultery and human sexually. One of the story’s central characters is a housewife named Calixta, who is left at home by herself while her husband, Bobinot, and young son, Bibi, wait for a threatening storm to pass at a local country store. At the same time the weather becomes more severe, a man rides up on his horse seeking shelter. It is soon evident that this man, Alcee, is someone with whom Calixta had a previous romantic relationship. This is ...view middle of the document...
Marriages without passion or marriages of convenience are vulnerable to affairs. Calixta and Alcee are also susceptible adultery because their marriages lack passion. The scene of Calixta and Bobinot bedroom is described as ”…white, monumental capes bed, its closed shutters, looked dim and mysterious,“ shows reader the mood to her bedroom is like an indoor strained atmosphere. In a scene Calixta tries to distract herself from her burning lustful desire for Alcee and proclaim to worry about the safety of her husband and son. She staggers back and begins to cry. In an attempt to console her, Alcee grabs her in a close embrace. Alcee’s embrace ignites a fire to their burning desire of sexual pleasure for each other.
As the storm escalates, so does the sexual tension between Calixta and Alcee. As they make love the divine pleasure of lovemaking fueled their disregard to possible consequences. Calixta and Alcee are depicted as having no regrets about being unfaithful to their spouses. Once they finish making love, the description of the setting and imagery transforms to calmness as the storm passes with the rain tapering off. Then Alcee happily part ways with Calixta, riding off on his horse. Recharged by the affair, Alcee’s writes a...