The Strom: Amoral and Immoral

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Bruno MelofiroProf. La Puma
Due 2/14/13 ENG1121 Tu-Th 11:30

3. Write an essay arguing that “The Storm” is (or is not) immoral, or (a different thing) amoral. Kate Chopin’s story “The Storm” was written in 1989. However, this story was surely very much ahead of its time, as Chopin never found a publisher for it during her lifetime due to the immoral and graphic content of it. “The Storm” was not published until 1969, sixty-five years after her death. Although in current times stories such as these are common and hardly controversial, in the late 1800s themes of adultery and sex were largely frowned upon and no respectable magazine would ever dare publish such work. As time progresses, so do our tolerance for such themes and stories, but that does not mean that “The Storm” is seen as a moral story by any means, adultery and lying are still actions that are wrong and unacceptable, and although they can surely be talked about freely, they should not be celebrated.

At the beginning of the story, Bobinot is with Bibi at Freidheimer’s store, where Bobinot decides to take shelter with his son until the storm passes, since it is no more than an obstruction for him. While they patiently wait, Bobinot purchases a can of shrimp, which his wife Calixta is very fond of. This shows Bobinot as a diligent and loving husband who is thinking about his wife’s needs and wants. Calixta, who at first is depicted as a worrisome and hardworking housewife, later decides against her better judgment to let a former lover of her into her home so that he can also be sheltered from the storm. This encounter, with the storm as both a catalyst and a metaphor, ignites the old spark of desire between Calixta and Alcee, which leads them to a moment of passion that ends as quickly and as abruptly as the storm that started it. It is arguable that what was most shocking about this short story is the lack of remorse on Calixta’s behalf; when Bobinot and Bibi come back...
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