reincarnation of love( The Storm by Kate Chopin)

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Reincarnation of Love The short story “The Storm” by Kate Chopin is very strong and passionate story of a love between two main characters, Calixta and Alcee. Calixta and Alcee both were in love with each other, but each made a more suitable marriage to someone else. Calixta marries Bobinot, and Alcee marries Clarisse. They have not seen each other since their marriage. When the action takes place, they are reliving that time when their passion is strong for each other. However, there is much deeper meaning to the title and the theme of the story. “The Storm” defies the sexual standards and the limitations of the nineteenth century. Kate Chopin illustrates the restraint of the time by using the title “The Storm”; it is associated with the terms like the conflict, uneasiness and social turmoil. The storm represents the sexual tension that builds between Calixta and Alcee. As the storm arrives the tension between both of them increases. The storm plays an important role from the beginning of the story with Calixta’s husband Bobinot. Bobinot decides to avoid the storm at the Friedheimer’s store with his son Bibi. This avoidance of the storm is suggesting that Bobinot also avoids the stormy passions of his wife Calixta. “Calixta, at home, felt no uneasiness for their safety. She sat at a side window sewing furiously on a sewing machine and did not notice the approaching storm” (335). She does not know that the storm is approaching from the nature and also in her life. “It began to grow dark, and suddenly realizing the situation she got hurriedly and went about closing windows and doors” (336). She is feeling uneasiness for her husband and her son. “The Storm” represents many sexual situations, one of the best examples occurs when Calixta is doing her housework. “Out on the small front gallery she had hung Bobinot’s clothes to air and hastened out to gather them

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