As the storm ends and Alcee leaves, we see the return of Bobinot and Bibi. Until Mildred gets the letter from her friend after she and Fred kiss she does not realize that Fred is from her own class. This sense of Calixta having no regret is seen in more detail as the story comes to a close. She is described more by her physical appearance than any other character, and appears beautiful and lively. Dramatic Irony Calixta: In this sliver of Calixta's life, we learn many things. It reflects innocence, experience, life, death, reality, fate, madness, sanity, love, society, individual, etc.
That the story seems to end with an anticlimax is undoubtedly an indication that Chopin never even entertained the idea of publication; the storm passes without seeming incident. They sat within the door on two empty kegs. New York: Prentice Hall, 1996. . As the story came to an end, you could see clearly how the author brilliantly implied that adultery is not always negative and does not necessarily have negative consequences.
It's as if the affair had never happened. Rankin, Daniel, Kate Chopin and Her Creole Stories Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 1932. We are never told what Chopin meant by the title The Storm. Baroda is depicted at the juncture between two good friends, Gouvernail and Gaston. Kate Chopin was an independent widow after her husband 's death, she decided to be the voice of the woman of that period thru writing stories about exactly how the women felt intimidated and confined sexually and spiritually to their marriage.
The setting in this story creates the perfect environment for an adulterous affair. She begins to cry and Alcee started to comfort her and it escalated quickly after Alcee kissed Calixta and it led to them sleeping together. The door stood open, and the room with its white, monumental bed, its closed shutters, looked dim and mysterious. Alce flung himself into a rocker and Calixta nervously began to gather up from the floor the lengths of a cotton sheet which she had been sewing. When she lets go of her inhibitions, she finds herself refreshed and happy. As the thunderstorm and the story begin, the reader can almost feel… 1088 Words 5 Pages slaves to their house hold. Clarrise returns his letter explaining that she is pleased to hear this and that she will indeed stay longer.
Seeking shelter from the rain, Alcee approaches as Calixta steps on to her front porch. Like a thunderstorm, Chopin suggests that their affair is intense, but also potentially destructive and passing. What is most shocking about the manner in which Chopin treats the theme of unhappy wives seeking solace in infidelity is the utter absence of moral judgment. The storm continues to lead them but also symbolizes the passion they share. V As for Clarisse, she was charmed upon receiving her husband's letter. These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community.
She wiped the frame that was clouded with moisture. Summary The Storm begins with Bibi and his father, Bobinox, caught in a store wondering how Calixta, Bobinox's wife is at their house with a storm about to hit. The emphasis is on the momentary joy of the amoral cosmic force. Similar to the female characters in her stories, Kate Chopin was an independent woman. Kate Chopin: A Literary Life Basingstoke, England: Palgrave, 2001. As they finally give way to their passion for one another, Chopin changes how she uses the storm.
It reminded him of Assumption. Yes, Calixta and Alcée cheat on their spouses by having an affair and act as if nothing happened, but afterwards they seem to be kinder and sweeter to their spouses. In literary terms, a storm tends to be associated with conflict, uneasiness, and turmoil. It would be one thing if Calixta had to wait out the storm alone in the big house, worrying about her husband and small son being in danger out in the storm. Calixta married Bobinôt, the earlier story suggests, because Alcée was not available as a marriage partner—at least partly because his Creole family, and certainly Clarisse, think of him as coming from a comparatively higher social class. Her inability to surmount the shadow of the past also almost succeeds in taking away the future of those around her, such as her younger sister. Alce's arm encircled her, and for an instant he drew her close and spasmodically to him.
The presence of the storm is not merely coincidental. Chopin again uses the storm to direct the action. Assumption Assumption is the name of the small town where Calixta and Alcée met and became lovers. It was even necessary to put something beneath the door to keep the water out. Adjoining was her bed room, with Bibi's couch along side her own.