The Storm

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Usually when someone commits adultery, they are eventually discovered, the family is torn apart, and lives are ruined. However, in "The Storm" by Kate Chopin, Calixta carries on daily life as usual after she cheats on her husband. Calixta has a poor marriage that forces her to turn elsewhere to be satisfied regardless of how society would react if they found out.

Calixta and Bobinôt's marriage is one that is obviously not of high quality. Although at the end, when Bobinôt and Babi return from the store, Calixta is acting like a caring mother and wife, it is just to hide the act of adultery she has just committed. In reality the married couple is very unconcerned about one another. When the storm is initially coming, Bobinôt is not worried about Calixta being home alone. Bibi is worried that his mother is afraid, but Bobinôt reassures him that she is fine because Sylvie is at the home helping her.

However, Bibi corrects his father by telling him that Sylvie is not there tonight but rather was there last night helping out. A four-year-old has better knowledge of what is going on in his mother's life than her husband does. Bobinôt and Calixta do not have a very intimate marriage either. The scarcity of passion that exists between Bobinôt and Calixta is made undoubtedly clear when the author states, "Her firm elastic flesh that was knowing for the first time it's birthright..." The marriage between Calixta and Bobinôt lacks many things.

Despite what society would say, Calixta feels no guilt about the extramarital affair she has or her previous encounter with Alcée. Both characters cast aside the fact that society would look down upon them if the affair was ever discovered. However, Calixta does not resist temptation, ""¦she...



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