The Storm Conflict

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The title of Kate Chopin's story, "The Storm", leads the reader to expect a situation of great conflict in the story. The author is able to make the reader empathize with the characters in the story. She makes good use of descriptive language to appeal to the reader in a way that he or she can relate to. When a reader feels the pain of a character, the author has accomplished his or her mission. This short story conveys complex emotional conflict in very few words. This is a story about a woman torn between two men. The storm in this story symbolizes the conflicts which arise due to the love triangle. While her husband (Bobinot) and son (Bibi) run errands at the store, Calixta is busy at home on her sewing machine. This is when the storm begins approaching them. Bobinot notices the storm and informs Bibi, “certain somber clouds that were rolling with sinister intention from the west, accompanied by a…show more content…
Even during the storm, the heavy winds and rain, there is growing sexual tension between Calixta and Alcee. “They did not heed the crashing torrents, and the roar of the elements made her laugh as she lay in his arms” (p. 533). As the storm reaches its peak, so do both characters as both are no longer worried about the weather condition. “The growl of the thunder was distant and passing away. The rain beat softly upon the shingles…” (p. 533), the storm is over.
This short story is full of accurate description as the author perfectly conveyed every emotion her characters experienced and make them relatable to the reader. The storm is “somber…with sinister intention.” Readers can feel the heat that Calixta feels and the oppression that comes from forbidden desire. The storm grows with the passion between Alcee and Calixta until it ends.. What is truly remarkable about “The Storm” is the author's ability to take readers on a journey with efficient use of language without describing the
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