Kate Chopin The Storm Literary Analysis

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Bruno Melofiro Prof. La Puma
Due 2/14/13 ENG1121 Tu-Th 11:30

3. Write an essay arguing that “The Storm” is (or is not) immoral, or (a different thing) amoral.
Kate Chopin’s story “The Storm” was written in 1989. However, this story was surely very much ahead of its time, as Chopin never found a publisher for it during her lifetime due to the immoral and graphic content of it. “The Storm” was not published until 1969, sixty-five years after her death. Although in current times stories such as these are common and hardly controversial, in the late 1800s themes of adultery and sex were largely frowned upon and no respectable magazine would ever dare publish such work. As time progresses, so do our tolerance for such themes and stories, but that does not mean that “The Storm” is seen as a moral story by any means, adultery and lying
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However, every relationship’s founding pillar is respect, you cannot truly respect and care for someone if you are succumbing to you desires with giving it as much as a second thought, especially when they are trying to make you feel appreciated and loved by buying you the things that you like. In conclusion, although there is an argument that “The Storm” was really a story about rekindled love more than one of lies and immorality, at the end, the dishonesty of adultery and lying is not something that should be taken lightly. Calixta may not feel remorse for her actions right after she has done wrong, but with time, she will probably understand that her marriage and her son are more important than some old love she once

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