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Kate Chopin's "The Storm" Original post: Tue 2/15/2011 at 10:15 AM
After reading Kate Chopin's "The Storm" and viewing the Power Point on it, take some time to reflect on her use of realism in the story.  Your two-part assignment is to post on your views first, and then reply to a classmate's post.
First:
How do you see Chopin's presentation of men and women as more realistic than the traditional social view of her day? 
How do you see her presentation of men and women as less realistic?
Then, please post a reply to one of your classmate's responses.

l  Remember to be respectful and polite in your reply even when disagreeing.

Re: Kate Chopin's "The Storm" Posted: Mon 2/21/2011 at 9:59 AM, in reply to Dr. Katherine Abernathy
   Chopin's presentation of men and women as more realistic is shown in the natural emotions that Calixta and Alcee felt when they were thrown into one another's arms by the lighteneing bolt. They already had been romatically involved at one point, and for this to happen only intensified these emotions once again. Realistically we see these worldly "Affairs" happen more often than in previous times. Etitiquette was to ressist your natural feelings and desires because that was not socially proper. I believe they were caught up "in the moment", but pushed everythng out of their minds when they finished. Alcee may have been lonely with his own family gone, but then we see he encourages them to stay if they are happy. I wonder if he encourages this in hopes maybe something would bring he and Calixta back together at some point.Regardless, I feel it was all the emotional aspect of the naturalistic/ realistic view.
Re: Re: Kate Chopin's "The Storm" Posted: Tue 2/22/2011 at 8:05 AM, in reply to Sharron W. Graham
I agree with everything you said. Since Calixta and Alcee had a past romance, their emotions did ignite like a wild fire. Do you think if Alcee's famliy wasn't out of town, would the affair have still occured? Affairs do happen a lot more today and is more talk about like there's nothing wrong with it. 
Re: Re: Re: Kate Chopin's "The Storm" Posted: Wed 2/23/2011 at 7:33 AM, in reply to Amanda F. Grayson
   Amanda, I think at this point it wouldn't have mattered if his family were out-of-town or not. They were in a secluded area and emotions were rampant. They cared about them only and blocked everything else from their mind! 
Re: Re: Re: Re: Kate Chopin's "The Storm" Posted: Sat 3/5/2011 at 5:19 PM, in reply to Sharron W. Graham
I agree with you. I'm not so sure that the affair was merely circumstantial. Sure, if Calixta's husband had been in the house, I'm sure it wouldn't have happened then and there, but as long as those feelings were there and the temptation was present, the affair could have occurred at any time, regardless of how wrong it really was.
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