The Storm

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The Storm By: Kate Chopin This is a story about a woman who cheats on her husband. Calixta is at home out in the country, when a storm approaches. Due to the storm, her husband and son are forced to stay in town. Alecee, Calixta's old lover arrives asking for shelter. He waits inside and she commits adultery. Even though she cheats on her husband, she is worried about not knowing where her husband and son are during the storm. (75 words) The setting of the story The Storm helps to convey the theme of feminine sexuality. The storm helps illustrate Claixta's passion inside her. (23 words) The storm in this story moves the plot. Calixta is able to physically fulfill herself. The storm represents Calixta's sexual energy and passion. As the storm approaches, Claixta's urge to be satisfied also approaches as her old lover Alecee arrives at her home.

The house out in the country is isolated from society, so she is free to fulfill her sexual needs without worrying her husband will be back in a few minutes. As the storm increases, so does Calixta's passion. When lighting strikes, Calixta lets herself go into the arms of Alecee. This represents that she is now ready to be satisfied. "The contact of her warm, palpitating body when he had unthinkingly drawn her into his arms has aroused all the old-time infatuation and desire for her flesh." Here Alecee finally realizes the passion that Calixta feels and that he too now feels. As the storm continues, Calixta and Alecee give in to their passion. The "birth right" that Calixta feels is that of her feminine sexuality and passion. "The growl of the thunder was distant and passing away." This tells us that the passion that Alecee and Calixta felt at...



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