He stands close to her and takes her into her arms in a bid to console her from the violence of the storm. He tells her that there is no need for her to be worried and that the lightning will have to choose among other taller structures other than her house (644). He does this, taking her into her arms. This move is meant to take advantage of her weakness as a woman and to bring back the affection they had for each other. He even adds by reminding her of the good time they had in Assumption (644). Alcee uses his manly charms to oppress Calixta’s heart and to get to her body so that he can satisfy his selfish needs. This kind of oppression is indirect and does not hurt Calixta in any way visible, but has an impact on her marriage to Bobinot because they end up having a passionate encounter before the storm subsides.
Sometimes men are not aware of the oppression they impose on women. They do whatever they do in the name of love or because it is something necessary. When Bibi and his father talk of Calixta’s fear in the storm, they are not aware that she is comfortable at home. She is the one who fears for them and expresses her concern to Alcee when she says that she has a lot worrying her. Her husband and son were out in the storm (644). She is stronger than they can imagine. Feminist Criticism -The Storm and The Story Of An Hour by Kate Chopin.
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