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In Kate Chopins short story The Storm the narrative surrounds the brief affair of two individuals Calixta and Alcee Many people dont see the story as a condemnation of infidelity but rather as an act of human sexuality This essay argues that The Storm may be interpreted as a specific act of sexuality and passion joined with a condemnation of its repression by society If one is to attempt to interpret The Storm it becomes necessary to examine the conditions of the surroundings The title of The Storm with its sexual energy and passion is of course critical to any interpretation of the narrative The title refers to nature so the storm can therefore he seen as symbolic of sexuality and passion And the image of the storm will be returned to again and again throughout the story At the beginning of the story Bobinot and his young son Bibi decide to wait out a rapidly approaching storm at the store Bobinots wife Calixta is home alone tending to the household chores Calixtas is not aware of the storm approaching although she is married and has a child she is unaware of the sexuality and passion within her As Calixta is gathering up the laundry Alcee Laballiere enters the yard seeking shelter from the coming storm My first impression of Alcee is that he is pretty well off in the world Although I see Bobinot as a simple man There is a mutual attraction between Calixta and Alcee and this attraction is not new Calixta has not seen Alcee very often since her marriage and never alone The attraction between Calixta and Alcee is only briefly explored With Alcees arrival comes the beginning of the rain and he asks to wait out the storm on the front gallery Calixta is startled from her sudden awareness that she is still sexually attracted to Alcee
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