Setting Essay Storm Kate Chopin
E. Santana 1Emilio SantanaMrs. MuellerComposition2/4/2017Setting of “The Storm”In the short story, “The Storm”, Kate Chopin sets the story in the backlands of Louisiana with a ferocious storm passing by. This setting isolates Calixta from her husband and child. As the storm builds it brings Calixta’s former lover to her house, which “she had not seen him very often since her marriage, and never alone” (Chopin 128). As the storm isolates the former lovers from their families, it reignites their passion for each other.Every character is affected by the storm. Bobinôt and Bibi, Calixta’s husband and son, areleft seeking shelter at a local store. “They were at Friedheimer’s store and decided to remain there till the storm had passed” (Chopin 127). Calixta is home alone as the storm is rolling in. “Calixta, at home, felt no uneasiness for their safety. She sat at a side window sewing furiously on a sewing machine” (Chopin 128). Since Calixta was alone at the house during the storm, she had to take care of the husband’s duties. “…she got up hurriedly and went about closing
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Essay II: The Storm
Analysis of The Storm Passionate sex and an affair in 1899 were not to even be thought of, or to be written about. Kate Chopin writes “The Strom” about a young woman, along with her ex-lover from a previous romance, who under the right circumstances, gives in to her natural and sexual urge to be completely satisfied. Kate Chopin does an amazing job of combining plot, language, and setting to create a very passionate and vivid story. First, Chopin uses the plot to help tell her story. Chopin uses two different stories. She talks about Calixta’s husband Bobinot and her son Bibi on their journey home. She uses this subplot to foreshadow the storm that is approaching. Chopin…show more content…
Chopin uses language like “vivacity,” “her warm, palpitating body,” and “as red and moist as a pomegranate seed.” One passage from Chopin’s story reads, “The generous abundance of her passion, without guile or trickery, was like a white flame which penetrated and found response in depths of his own sensuous nature that had never yet been reached (Chopin 155).” She shows the passion between Alcee and Calixta just by writing such beautiful and complex sentences. Chopin wants her readers to feel the intensity and feel the lust between the lovers. She also wants the reader to understand how each of the characters feels for each other. Rosenblum states that, “Chopin depicts sex as liberating and enjoyable (Rosenblum).” While plot and language play a mojor role in her story, setting is the most important.
Last, the setting is the most important element of Chopin’s story. Chopin uses the storm to represent to sexual force between Calixta and Alcee. The storm is approaching as Alcee rides up on his horse. As he is approaching the house the storm grows even stronger. When he enters the house the storm rages. Calixta goes to the window and lightening strikes a tree throwing her into Alcee’s arms. It is as if nature is forcing them together. The sex they have is natural, fierce, and leaves them happier, just as the storm is natural. The storm does no damage, but leaves the world a more beautiful place. Harris writes, “Chopin offers a moral tale in which a woman’s sexual