Kate Chopin's The Storm

             “The Storm” to me is a story of sexual freedom and gender equality. My interpretation of the story came from the setting , largely, and also the characters and their attitudes towards the situation.
             The story title reflects the setting of the tale because not only does it describe what is going on outside of the house, but also supplies you with an indirect reference to what is happening inside of the house. With this we have two storms. Chopin uses elements of atmosphere, imagery, and setting in the story by the way the affair follows along with the outer storm. For example, in the beginning Chopin writes, “she was greatly occupied and did not notice the approaching storm” not only stating that she did not notice the physical storm coming, but also did not notice the arrival of Alcee.(113) At this point, Chopin points out that Calixta had not seen Alcee alone since her marriage which gives you the expectations that something is going to happen. As the storm begins to strengthen in the setting outside, the passion between the two also begins to grow inside the house. Alcee tells Calixta to “not be frightened. Nothing can happen...” as the storm grows stronger and the lightening strikes.(113) With this I assume that he is telling her not only to not be frightened of the storm, but also to not be frightened of the sexual encounter about to take place. Now, the storm has fully developed and so has the passion. Her eyes no longer looked scared, but desireful now. “Her firm, elastic flesh was knowing for the first time its birthright...” (114) “The generous abundance of her passion...found response in depths of his own sensuous nature that had never yet been reached”. (115) This statement shows that neither Calixta nor Alcee were being satisfied by their partners at home and had turned to each other to fulfill their wants and needs. As “the growl of the thunder was distant and passing...” there

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