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The Storm/Kate Chopin Essay

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THE STORM/ KATE CHOPIN
The short story “The Storm” by Kate Chopin, deals with the subject of adultery. The story takes place in the early 1900’s. There are two main characters, Calixta (the wife) and Alcee (the former lover). Alcee must take refuge from a passing storm in Calixta’s house, while he is there the two end up making love while Calixta’s husband and son have to wait out the storm[->0] at the local store. By doing this Chopin implies the theme that is, adultery is natural and does not necessarily have negative consequences[->1]. Through out the story the constant changing of imagery plays a great role in the development of characters and their ability to demonstrate the theme.

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After this Alcee grabs Calixta close to him as she staggers back, she then retreats and immediately asks where her son may be. This also shows that Calixta is having mixed feelings with the situation. Which is the reason she gets loose but does not tell Alcee to control himself but yet like nothing had happened wonders where her son may be, “ Bonte! She cried, releasing herself from his arms encircling arms and retreating to the window… If I only knew were Bibi was!”

Soon after with out any doubt in and of the characters minds Calixta and Alcee make love. Calixta is described to be having no problem with he fact that she is cheating on her husband, “ The generous abundance of her passion…” . This sense of Calixta having no regret is seen in more detail as the story comes to a close. As they finish making love, the imagery and descriptions change once again. The rain comes to a stop and the sun comes out to signify that everything is back to normal.

The fact that everything is normal once again does not only lie in the fact of sun coming back out, but also in...

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