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The storm

"The Storm" by Kate Chopin uses nature and the storm to edify her theme of adultery. The growing storm outside parallels Calixta's restless sexual passion trapped within. Alcee is forced to take refuge from the passing storm in Calixta's house and while he is there the two make love while Calixta's husband and son wait out the storm at the local store. Chopin implies the theme that is; adultery can be good and not result in negative consequences. Throughout the story constant subtle comparisons are made between the actual storm outside and the storm from within. Thefirst reference is when we are told that Calixta "was greatly occupied and did not notice the approaching storm". This could also be implying that she felt comfortable with her life style, such that it was, and did not suspect that anything was wrong. As we go on we are told that "Alcee Laballiere rode in at the gate". "She had not seen him very often since her marriage, and never alone…and the big rain drops began to fall." The big raindrops could also be construed as tears as a result of true feelings being expressed.
Throughout the whole story, the characters Alcee, Bobinot, Calixta, Bibi, and Clarisse all without knowing it, symbolize different parts of the storm. The beginning line states "the leaves were so still that even Bibi thought it was going to rain." Still leaves may represent the still, uninterrupted lifestyle and marriage of Bobinot and Calixta. And the "somber clouds were rolling with sinister attention from the West," symbolize also the events to happen later in the story between Alcee and Calixta. Bobinot's purchasing the can of shrimp in paragraph five gives the reader a sense that he loves Calixta and thinks of her even while him and Bibi are away because she is "very fond of them." Later, the storm started to stir and the thunderous roar swept through the

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