Marriage: Not Always a Fairytale

1068 WordsJul 17, 20185 Pages
“I take you, to be my lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.” These traditional wedding vows conjure up images of true love and unfailing commitment. Although this unconditional love is beautiful, it was not always a reality. This fact became evident within literature of the late eighteen hundreds. “The Storm” written by Kate Chopin, “An Adventure in Paris” by Guy De Maupassant, and “The Lady with the Dog” by Anton Chekhov, are all prominent short stories that portrayed dissatisfied women involved in loveless marriages. For these women, lack of fulfillment and the…show more content…
In this short story, Calixta never mentioned any dissatisfaction in her marriage. Calixta appeared to be pleased with her husband Bobinot, and her son Bibi. She was not searching for passion, but due to a fateful encounter, passion found her. When Alcee appeared at her door, his presence ignited all the infatuation she once felt for him. Before long, the two were in each other’s arms, and eventually in bed. Their fervent affair paralleled the rise, and eventual passing of the violent storm. “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 been reached” (Chopin 98). The steamy romance Alcee provided was one Calixta never knew she wanted. Unlike the women in “The Lady with a Pet Dog”, and “An Adventure in Paris,” Calixta stumbled into an unintentional affair. The women in “The Storm”, “Adventure in Paris”, and “The Lady with the Dog” were similar due to their cheating, but their affairs had vastly different outcomes. In “The Storm”, Calixta had a onetime intimate moment with Alcee, and she did not intend for anything to come out of it. Once their sexual encounter had ended, Alcee and Calixta went their separate ways. “So the storm passed and everyone was happy” (Chopin 99). This quote hinted the affair was kept a secret that would forever remain between them. “An Adventure
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