Nalysis of a?The Storma? by Kate Chopin Four Part Outline:

you need to cover all these points given in the out line, and use in part 2 in points A and B do five quotations of the lecture the stormex: data and analysis. Also, in only part three write as first person , and the rest in third person.
Analysis of a?The Storma? by Kate Chopin

Four Part Outline: One Seamless Essay

part I. Victorian Era
A. During Queen Victoriaas reign (June 1837 a January 22, 1901)
B. Gender rules
1. men
2. women
C. Day of temptation
D. Cult of Domesticity
E. Sexuality
F. Gilded Age
G. SAMPLE THESIS STATEMENT: Kate Chopin was one of those writers who scratched and scratched the gold paint off the wood to expose the hypocrisy of gender roles in her short story, a?The Storm.a?

II. Analysis of a?The Storma? (1, 2 or 3 paragraphs)
A. Very brief plot summary
B. The function and personification of the storm in the short story
C. Compare and contrast both storms: the natural environment with the storm of passion
D. Temptation knocks on Calixtaas door, dismantling the idea that women were not tempted at home
E. Calixtaas undeniable, lustful temptation
F. a?a¦her firm, elastic flesh that was knowing for the first time its birthrighta¦.
G. The three kisses
H. Chopinas message: the dismantling of Victorian ideals towards women with Calixta as Chopinas real prototype (women get tempted and fall, too)

III. Your opinion based on your convictions, values and life experiences (1, 2 or 3 paragraphs)
A. Do you accept or reject Chopinas message?
B. What do you think of Chopinas adultress (Calixta)?
C. Is the a?birthrighta? a sufficient, substantial rationale? Will not the caged bird find its way out, spread its wings and make it home?
D. What convictions, values or life experiences cause you to believe as you do?

IV. Conclusion based on your gender: What can men or women readers learn from this tragic tale? Not what YOU learn, but rather, what your gender can learn.



The leaves were so still that even Bibi thought it was going to rain. BobinA?t, who was accustomed to converse on terms of perfect equality with his little son, called the childs attention to certain sombre clouds that were rolling with sinister intention from the west, accompanied by a sullen, threatening roar. They were at Friedheimers store and decided to remain there till the storm had passed. They sat within the door on two empty kegs. Bibi was four years old and looked very wise.

Mamall be fraid, yes, he suggested with blinking eyes.

Shell shut the house. Maybe she got Sylvie helpin her this evenin,BobinA?t responded reassuringly.

No; she ent got Sylvie. Sylvie was helpin her yistiday, piped Bibi.

BobinA?t arose and going across to the counter purchased a can of shrimps, of which Calixta was very fond. Then he retumed to his perch on the keg and sat stolidly holding the can of shrimps while the storm burst. It shook the wooden store and seemed to be ripping great furrows in the distant field. Bibi laid his little hand on his fathers knee and was not afraid.


Calixta, at home, felt no uneasiness for their safety. She sat at a side window sewing furiously on a sewing machine. She was greatly occupied and did not notice the approaching storm. But she felt very warm and often stopped to mop her face on which the perspiration gathered in beads. She unfastened her white sacque at the throat. It began to grow dark, and suddenly realizing the situation she got up hurriedly and went about closing windows and doors.

Out on the small front gallery she had hung BobinA?ts Sunday clothes to dry and she hastened out to gather them before the rain fell. As she stepped outside, AlcA©e LaballiA?re rode in at the gate. She had not seen him very often since her marriage, and never alone. She stood there with BobinA?ts coat in her hands, and the big rain drops began to fall. AlcA©e rode his horse under the shelter of a side projection where the chickens had huddled and there were plows and a harrow piled up in the corner.

May I come and wait on your gallery till the storm is over, Calixta?he asked.

Come long in, Msieur AlcA©e.”

His voice and her own startled her as if from a trance, and she seized BobinA?ts vest. AlcA©e, mounting to the porch, grabbed the trousers and snatched Bibis braided jacket that was about to be carried away by a sudden gust of wind. He expressed an intention to remain outside, but it was soon apparent that he might as well have been out in the open: the water beat in upon the boards in driving sheets, and he went inside, closing the door after him. It was even necessary to put something beneath the door to keep the water out.

My! what a rain! Its good two years sence it rain like that,exclaimed Calixta as she rolled up a piece of bagging and AlcA©e helped her to thrust it beneath the crack.

She was a little fuller of figure than five years before when she married; but she had lost nothing of her vivacity. Her blue eyes still retained their melting quality; and her yellow hair, disheveled by the wind and rain, kinked more stubbornly than ever about her ears and temples.

The rain beat upon the low, shingled roof with a force and clatter that threatened to break an entrance and deluge them there. They were in the dining rooma the sitting rooma the general utility room. Adjoining was her bed room, with Bibis couch along side her own. The door stood open, and the room with its white, monumental bed, its closed shutters, looked dim and mysterious.

AlcA©e flung himself into a rocker and Calixta nervously began to gather up from the floor the lengths of a cotton sheet which she had been sewing.

lf this keeps up, Dieu sait if the levees goin to stan it!she exclaimed.

What have you got to do with the levees?”

I got enough to do! An theres BobinA?t with Bibi out in that storma if he only didn left Friedheimers!”

Let us hope, Calixta, that BobinA?ts got sense enough to come in out of a cyclone.”

She went and stood at the window with a greatly disturbed look on her face. She wiped the frame that was clouded with moisture. It was stiflingly hot. AlcA©e got up and joined her at the window, looking over her shoulder. The rain was coming down in sheets obscuring the view of far-off cabins and enveloping the distant wood in a gray mist. The playing of the lightning was incessant. A bolt struck a tall chinaberry tree at the edge of the field. It filled all visible space with a blinding glare and the crash seemed to invade the very boards they stood upon.

Calixta put her hands to her eyes, and with a cry, staggered backward. AlcA©es arm encircled her, and for an instant he drew her close and spasmodically to him.

BontA©!she cried, releasing herself from his encircling arm and retreating from the window, the housell go next! If I only knew were Bibi was!She would not compose herself; she would not be seated. AlcA©e clasped her shoulders and looked into her face. The contact of her warm, palpitating body when he had unthinkingly drawn her into his arms, had aroused all the old-time infatuation and desire for her flesh.
Calixta,he said, Dont be frightened. Nothing can happen. The house is too low to be struck, with so many tall trees standing about. There! arent you going to be quiet? say, arent you?He pushed her hair back from her face that was warm and steaming. Her lips were as red and moist as pomegranate seed. Her white neck and a glimpse of her full, firm bosom disturbed him powerfully. As she glanced up at him the fear in her liquid blue eyes had given place to a drowsy gleam that unconsciously betrayed a sensuous desire. He looked down into her eyes and there was nothing for him to do but to gather her lips in a kiss. It reminded him of Assumption.

Do you remembera in Assumption, Calixta?he asked in a low voice broken by passion. Oh! she remembered; for in Assumption he had kissed her and kissed and kissed her; until his senses would well nig