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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
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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.
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                                          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.

				
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