Do 1 Phuoc Do Nguyen Nguyen Dr Ramos English 1304-4013 December, 8 2010 What a Love Scene The Storm is a short story about a love situation during a storm. The title “The Storm” refers to the storm that takes place through much of the story, but more importantly to the love affair that takes place and the passion of Calixta. The title refers to the nature because it is used again and again in the story such as sombre clouds and sinister intentions to describe the approaching storm. Chopin uses those same words to describe the storm outside, and also represent to the storm happening inside with the love affair in the story. Bobinot and his son Bibi has to stay at Friedheimer’s store because of the storm. Calixta is at home doing chores around the house. As the storm approach, Alcee rides in and ask her if he could come in and wait until the storm is over. The rain starts after he arrives, and it is increasing outside, reflecting the sexual tension inside. The storm sinister intention appears in the story when “the rain beat upon the low, shingled roof with a force and clatter that threatened to break an entrance and deluge them there.” (Chopin) The storm of passion and sensuality seems to know what is going on inside the house and trying to break up Calixta’s married life into pieces of debris. Furthermore, they move through the house with “the room with its white, monumental bed, its closed shutters, looked dim and mysterious.” (Chopin) Calixta go and stand at the window with a greatly disturbed look as the storm increasing its strength, but Alcee’s arm encircles her to calm her down. The storm seems to be forcing them together as they embrace each other where things get stormy in the love affair. The two then start making love. The Do 2 thunder is now distant and passing away. The storm turns into soft, being symbolic that the storm is ending. The rain is over and the sun comes out and the love affair is over now, therefore Alcee rides off. Bobinot and Bibi walk through the mud left behind by the storm as they return home. She greets them with nothing but happiness and satisfaction of their safe return because the storm is over. The Storm comes suddenly as Alcee appears. It brings joy and delight by commencing the storm with small of rain and then gradually surpassing to dangerous position. That is where Alcee and Calixta reach the uttermost of the peak. The storm brings threat to her but she is not afraid of it. When Alcee smiles at her with a beaming face; and she lifts her pretty chin in the air and laugh aloud, indicating that her passion is natural. She wants to experience it without feelings of guilt and shame. The storm also shows us the passion that Alcee is there for her during the bad weather. It pushes aside her marriage and makes her able to know her true sexuality. The passion and lovemaking was sudden and quick satisfaction, which would be over like the storm because it come up suddenly and unnoticed. The storm sets the mood for their lovemaking and is full of excitement as it rages outside. It is also sense the wildness that is happening both inside and outside the house. Calixta feels uncertainty with the impending storm, and she also feels uneasiness with Alcee. Therefore, she is totally enthralled with her visitor. The storm provides a love affair as Calixta was unaware of the sexuality within herself. One cannot assume that a limited awakening that passes like a storm will be enough to make one happy, the storm will return someday. Do 3 Works Cited Chopin, Kate. “The Storm.” Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide. 11th ed. Ed. Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell. New York: Bedford, 2010. 190-94. Print.