The Storm and What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

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Zach Donahue
Prof. Panzica
Eng. !02
3/24/10

Love is an emotion that varies from couple to couple, we can see this is both “The Storm” and in “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.” In these stories we have three different couples who are all very much in love. In “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” we have Mel and Terri who have been married for four years and are already pretty comfortable in their relationship. Also there are Nick and Laura who have only been married for a year and a half. In “The Storm” we have Alcee and Calixta who are lovers who each have their own spouses. After reading the stories we are left to reflect on not only their relationships but also on our own. Mel and Laura’s relationship is one that I would compare to your typical married couple. They are far enough into their marriage that they could make jokes at each other and really be comfortable enough around each other. They show their love in little jesters whether it be a hand touch or a rub on their face. They even show love in the little jokes that they tell each other whether or not the other one knows. Even though they love each other we can still see that they get annoyed with each other and get aggravated at each other very easily. This is just simply because they have been together for so long and are so accustom and probably a little tired of each other. I think that this is a very common relationship for a married couple, you both love each other but at the same time you want to kill the other person as well. Mel at one time says “if I didn’t have Terri and if I didn’t love her so much, and if Nick wasn’t my best friend, I’d carry you off, honey” in front of his wife showing that he can say something like that to another women and not having Terri get upset because she obviously knew he was joking and she was probably thinking the same thing about some other guy. Nick and Laura on the other hand are in a very young relationship. They...
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