The Storm by Kate Chopin Essay

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The Storm by Kate Chopin was written during a time period when social mandates were very restrictive. Women were expected to simply marry, have children and stay home to be wife and mother and no more. Men were expected to care for and protect women. Often people would keep their own desires bottled up inside in order to avoid breaking cultures norms. The Storm attacks the rules of society in that particular time period. Alcee and Calixta choose to give into the storm of passion that has been building inside them for years. Calixta and Alcee had a brief affair in Assumption that never quite led anywhere. Calixta at the time was young and innocent, and Alcee denied his own desires for Calixta. Chopin writes, "...for in Assumption he had kissed her and kissed her and kissed her; until his senses would well nigh fail, and to save her he would resort to a desperate flight." In this passage Chopin shows Alcee craves being with Claixta. Alcee saw Calixta as an "immaculate dove in those days". Chopin writes that he thought of her as passionate and defenseless. This illustrates how the perception of women in this time period affected men. Calixta clearly mirrors his feelings for her and yet that was not enough permission for Alcee. In Assumption they were both adults, yet, Alcee did not see the woman he held such adoration for as mature enough to choose to be with him. Alcee and Calixta are now married to other people. Calixta and her husband Bobinot have been married five years now and have a four year old son Bibi. As the storm starts rolling in, Bobinot and Bibi are together at the local store. Chopin writes that Bobinot "...called the child's attention to certain somber clouds that were rolling with sinister intention from the west, accompanied by sullen, threatening roar." This foreshadows the storm heading for his marriage. Both storms can be characterized by

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