How Does Chopin Present Love In The Storm

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Many people assume that love and passion go hand-in-hand in a relationship. People have come to believe that one true love can satisfy the need for passion. In The Storm, Kate Chopin uses imagery, flashback, and parallelism to draw a fine line between passion and love. Chopin presents passion as an emotion separate from love. She creates the feeling that passion is an intense emotion that is more mysterious than love could ever be. Passion is an ardent drive, an escape, the fulfillment of fantasy, and it is as mysterious as it is intense. The Storm presents an affair between a married man and a married woman, who know each other from their younger years. The affair is portrayed as a necessary escape from reality. It is the fulfillment of…show more content…
Although the rising storm is first mentioned in Part I of the story, it is not fully described in vivid detail until Part II. In this section, Chopin describes and parallels the cycle of this incoming raising storm to the growing emotional uproar brewing between Alcèe and Calixta. First, it begins to grow dark and Calixta notices the weather has grown oddly warm. These are the signs of the oncoming cyclone, and foreshadowing of the affair that is to come. An affair that is dark in its sinister nature, and warm building up to the heat of passion that will arise. Next, as Monsieur Alcèe rides up to the house, “big rain drops began to fall.” The falling of the rain drops signifies the true beginning of the storm. Chopin significantly lets this occur at the same moment that Alcèe is first introduced in the story. Then the “water beat in upon the boards in driving sheets” showing the intensity of the storm outside, as well as the “driving” emotions building up as Monsieur Alcèe and Calixta move inside the house. Chopin further describes the rain as a “force and clatter that threatened to break an entrance and deluge them there.” When read closely the word “deluge” means more than a literal flood. At this point, “deluge” is descriptive of the overwhelming emotions both characters are developing as Chopin describes their physical
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