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The narrator is an unidentified, third-person omniscient. She is a feminist; the narrator uses Calixta to exemplify the passion inside her. She is able to bodily complete herself. The storm symbolizes Calixta's sexual energy and passion. The narrator uses Calixta to show the obsession between these two main characters. Kate Chopin uses the two characters to challenge the maxim that women are on this world to serve men whilst stimulating a new era of sexual sincerity and expression that got the fictional world by storm.
Character of Calixta
Calixta is a proud housekeeper. She works inflexibly and takes care of her home, doing laundry, sewing, making supper and coffee, and cleaning. She is super passionate with maintaining the cleanliness of the house. Calixta is also caring; she is worried for Bobinot and Bibi’s safety when they are out in the rainstorm and gets reassured when Bobinot and Bibi return unhurt. Calixta is sincere in her expression of solicitation for Bobinot
Calixta is genuinely enthusiastic and loves Bobinot she is relieved when Bobinôt and Bibi return home: she bounces up as the two came in, embraces Bibi and kisses him effusively, and gives Bobinôt a perfect kiss on the cheek that boomed. Afterwards, at dinner, when they are seated at the table they laugh much and so loudly that any person might have heard them from far. This emphasizes that she still cares for her husband and family it gives the impression that being with Calixta altered Alcée. When Alcée rode off, she giggled aloud and raised her beautiful chin in the air; their time together seems to have made Calixta’s liveliness more vibrant. He renovated her, to a self she did not know it existed (Sylvan, William and William 16).
Alcee and Calixta Will Continue Their Affair for another Month
Alcee and Calixta continued with their affair for another month because that night Alcee Laballiere wrote a loving letter to his wife, Clarisse. In the letter, he informs her not to rush back; citing that if Clarisse and the babies are fond of Biloxi, they can stay one month more. Alcee was willing to bare the separation a while longer and Clarisse was captivated upon getting the letter from her husband. The society was pleasant; many of her old acquaintances and associates were at Biloxi. She and the children were doing fine and the first free gulp of air since her matrimony seemed to bring back the enjoyable freedom of her maiden days. Although Clarisse was dedicated to her spouse, she was willing to sacrifice their warm matrimonial life for a while. This informs the reader that the passion that Alecee and Calixta felt would continue as long as Clarisse is away. The separation of Alcee and his wife Clarisse enhances romance between the two. Clarisse’s thirst for a break from matrimonial “surrounding” permits Alcee to deceive her with less fear of being caught.
Why Chopin Bothers To Tell Us about Clarisse
In part four, Chopin wants us to know that Clarisse is not enthusiastic to get back to her pleasant husband. Clarisse maintains that she is dedicated to her spouse, but she does not use the word love (Sylvan, William and William 19). She does not seem to enjoy being a wife and intimate with conjugal life. This reveals a great shortcoming in her life that leaves her unfulfilled. Clarisse feels pleasantly free when at Biloxi. This indicates that being with her husband is like being in detention. At Biloxi, she is at liberty to do some things without the need of making someone happy. It appears like being married and at home suffocates her and it is only on holiday when she is able to take her first free mouthful of air since her marriage. The story ends with the quotation "So the storm died and each one was happy," signifying that Calixta and Alcée were contented to have their adulterous affair. This illegal affair aided Calixta and Alcee to quench their passion for lust as their respective partners remained in the dark.
Why the Story Is Cynical
Kate Chopin is cynical in her narrative. She looks at sexuality in the illegal form and asserts that it is like a normal storm, which should not be subjected to moral criticism. When Calixta lets go of her shyness, she finds herself rejuvenated and contented. This is in harmony with Chopin's thoughts that marriage is a contracting tradition that gets rid of the free spirit of both spouses. When Calixta and Alcee have their disloyal affair, Alcee's feelings of seclusion go away. He becomes relieved and reassured. Through this two characters, Chopin expresses the idea that adultery is not hurtful, but as an alternative, which serves as an amendment for persons who are bored with matrimonial life. Chopin criticized humanity for its continuous close mindedness in a time when virtue was regarded as power. She engages her generation into freethinking attitudes.
Why the Story Is Moral
The story is moral and Chopin used the argument of a storm to narrate a story that permits her to express her ideologies on sexuality and marriage. Chopin expressed thoughts, which would be judged as feminist in the present. According to Chopin, breaking virtues can bring a lot of satisfaction to society. In her thoughts, marriage is like a contact between two sexes and unconventional or taboo sexual practices can be therapeutic. Chopin assisted in generating more freethinking attitudes among both men and women of her time. Perhaps her thoughts have spurred a wake of desire among the recent feminists in society thus; she should be assigned a course in literature.