Babylon Revisited

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“The Storm” by Kate Chopin
Chopin takes the reader into the world of a lonely housewife, filled with passion and ecstasy in need of release from her everyday hum drum of domesticated life. In the 19th century when this was written it was uncommon for women to talk about extra marital affairs and shunned upon in society. Rather than naming her short story something pertaining to the “immoral act” she titled it “the Storm”. I could see this story as a tale of two deceitful people who acted upon impulse, impulse caused by an astronomical force. I would even go as far as saying it was destiny. A force of nature brought these two people together. Once together nothing could stop them from being apart, not even the threat of a storm. Not even a silly little thought such as being caught by her family. The word storm can symbolize many things. It can mean chaos or conflict. According to Wikipedia, a storm is any disturbed state of an astronomical body's atmosphere. In story “the Storm” by Kate Chopin she uses the word storm to symbolize an extramarital affair. The title of the story goes well with the technical definition. The story starts off with Calixta’s son and husband taking shelter away from home to avoid being caught in the storm. Calixta was at home worrying and waiting for their arrival. The storm brings her someone she was not expecting, a man named Alcee`. He arrived on horseback and needed to take shelter before being caught in the storm. Calixta was in a disturbed state because of the actual storm and it causing the arrival of her old flame. As the storm starts to grow bigger and the sky grows dark and warm, Calixta becomes flustered and nervous around Alcee`. Chopin describes the rain as beating down with “force and clatter”. The air in the house grows ever increasingly warm, thus symbolizing the sexual tension between the two lovers. Alcee` and Calixta end up in each other’s embrace. Chopin uses many descriptions of passion...
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