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“At the ‘Cadian Ball”and “The Storm”

In the passage of “At the ‘Cadian Ball'”, because of Alcee‘s rejection, Calixta accepts Bobinot’s love directly and promises to marry Bobinot, which makes Bobinot feel overjoyed. Obviously, emotions dictate Calixta’s decision at that time. In contrast to Calixta’s attraction to Alcee, Alcee truly loves Clarisee. Because Clarisee gradually begins to like Alcee, plus Alcee’s final cajoling of Clarisee,  which makes them finally together.

For The Storm”, Calixa and Alcee  are not really happy in their respective marriages. If Calixa is truly happy in her marriage, she will not have sex with Alicee. Likewise, Alcee is able to experience new pleasures while having sex with Calixta, a sign that his love life with his wife is not full. We can say that the various limitations of marriage deprive Calixa and Alicee  of their sexual pleasure in their respective marriages, so that they will have extramarital affairs in the context of storms. In the passage, such disloyalty on the part of both of them in the storm makes everyone happy in the end. Furthermore, author even reflects that sexual satisfaction outside of marriage is not negative and can increase the strength and happiness of the relationship between two people (As far as I am concerned, I cannot accept such behavior).

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Do you ever really settle with settling? “the storm and at the cadian ball”-Isaac Salvador

When I was reading “at the Cadian Ball”, it took me a while to understand who was who with all the characters. I was confused a lot because I thought that the name “Alcée” was a girls name. I was really confused because it said his or him but  then I finally realized it was because it was a he. I was a bit disappointed with the chapter/story because Calixta was into Alcée and they ended up not together and then later on, when they were both married, being unfaithful to their spouses. I think that Calixta is happy in her marriage but that she had passion for Alcée that she doesn’t have with Bobinot. I think that she likes him and who he represents and that she would like someone like him to be the father to her kid. However, I think that she is attracted to Alcée in a romantic way that she does not find in Bobinot.

“When he touvhed her breasts they gave themselves up in quivering extacy, inviting his lips. Her mouth was a fountain of delight. And when he possessed her, they seemed to swoon together at the very borderland of life’s myserty”[270]

I think that she does not regret being with Alcée but that she also loves Bobinot. I think that the two of them are what she wants as she does not find the one person she wants to be with. I think that what she did was morally wrong and I really disliked that part, but I do think that she does deserve what she wants, which is an entirely different man altogether.

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At the Cadian Ball and The Storm

I think Calixta marries Bobinot because she knows that he is in love with her. I think that Alcee marries Clarisse because she told him that she loves him. I think that both Calixta and Alcee are unhappy in their marriages because if they were happy, then they wouldn’t have been unfaithful. There wasn’t any consequence to their unfaithfulness because they weren’t caught, but if they had been caught they would have been divorced. The Storm raises questions about marriage and moral values when Clarisse receives Alcee’s letter. Clarisse doesn’t seem to be happy with her marriage, but she feels that she must always be loyal to her husband, even though he isn’t being loyal to her.

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The Cadian Ball and The Storm

Kate Chopin has many works that sparked controversy. This includes At The Cadian Ball and The Storm. These works can be considered as a part 1 and 2 of the same story and they both have a similar theme. The difference between love vs attraction. In At The Cadian Ball, from the very beginning we can see that Bobinot may have a hard time deciphering these alike terms.

Why could he not love Ozenia? Who would marry him tomorrow; or Fronie, or any of a dozen others, rather than that little Spanish vixen? Calixta… (179)

This supports the claim that Bobinot may not be faithful and he is looking more  for attraction rather than love. In The Storm we see something similar happening. Neither Calixta or Alcee are happy in their marriages and end up sleeping with each other. However, this is not love, this is attraction. Love lasts much longer than 1 night with each other, attraction does not. That is why  it was easy for Calixta to go back to Bobinot. I found both of these works to be quite interesting and they raised a lot of interesting questions that I would like to look into deeper in the future.

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The Cadian Ball and the Storm – Eloise

These two short stories by Kate Chopin follow two couples. Bobinot marries Calixta, and Alèes marries Clarisse.  However Calixta and Alèes are attracted to each other. Some of the questions raised are whether Calixta and Alèes are happy in their marriages. I think that really depends on what part of the marriage you look at. I don’t think either of them truly love their spouses, but I don’t think they are happy in the marriage. I also don’t think that Calixta and Alèes love each other, Alèes seems to be attracted to Calixtas body during the storm.

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 (II)

She was frightened by the storm yet he was focused on how she looked. I didn’t really see an honest connection between them. I do think they are both happy where they are in life though. Caixta has her family and was worried about them getting out of the storm and staying safe which means she does care about them, and Alèes sent a loving letter to his wife at the end of the story checking is and making sure she was okay.

 

Also in The Storm I noticed that “their” was spelt “the:r” and im not sure if that is just a typo or if it means anything.

Calixta felt him to see if he

were dry, and seemed to express nothing but

satisfaction at the:r safe return.

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At the Cadian Ball and The Storm

One topic that I noticed was brought up in both at the Cadian ball and the storm was about marriage. In the Cadian ball story this is shown through the relationship between Bobinot and Calixta, he is in love with her, but she does not feel the same way about him. This left me questioning why she would marry him she didn’t really love him and does he know she docent really love him. The other relationship in this story was between Alcée and Clarisse. At the ball it is shown that Alcée is in love with Clarisse and with Calixta but in the end he ends up marrying Clarisse. This made me question what the reasoning was for him choosing to marry Clarisse. After reading The Storm I was mainly left with questions about the idea of people actually loving the people they are married to and why they are not loyal to them. In the example of Calixta not being loyal to her husband I think it is because although she agreed to marry him she was not truly happy in her relationship with him and she did not truly love him.

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At the Cadian Ball and The Storm

I believe that the reason Calixta married Bobinot is because he actually cared about her, and made sure she was happy and comfortable. Alcee marries Clarisse because she told him she loved him. I think that Callixta is happy in her marriage, because Bobinot trears her well. I also think that Alcee is happy in his marriage, because he loves Clarisse and she loves him. when Calixta and Alcee are unfaithful to their spouses, there are no consequences, because they never tell anybody what happened and go on with their lives normally. The Storm raises questions about marriage and controversial moral values because of the infidelity that takes place. I do not believe that if people do cheat on their spouses, they should try to keep it from the other person, because if the other person eventually finds out from someone else, it will be a lot worse than if they just tell them as soon as it happens. It is not good to cheat on your husband or wife, but  it is better to tell the truth if you do.

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Ethical side of Kate Chopin’s “At the ‘Cadian ball”

Two stories, named “At the ‘Cadian ball” and “The storm” by the author Kate Chopin written in the 1892.The plot talks about 2 unfaithful people – Alcee and Calixta, who have met each other and had some feeling forming, but ended up going different ways. The second story continues the first, moving forward 3-4 years, where both characters who have started famililes and got children meet once again and be unfaithful to their spouses. The plot raises issues still important in the modern world, questioning the established ethical and moral norms which have worked for centuries, such as monogamous dyadic relationships, the institute of marriage and the effect of former on happiness of those in a marriage.
The first observation about the play can be be observed two times, and may be seen in both characters. First time is shown by Alcee, who leaves Calixta with Clarisse:
Clarisse, without a word without a glance back at the girl. He had forgotten he was leaving her there. But Carisse whispered something to him, and he turned back to say “Good-night, Calixta”. And offer his hand to press through the railing. She pretended not to see it.
Kate Chopin, The Awakening and selected stories, page 187
In this extract Alcee does not show any feelings for Calixta or sadness when leaving her, despite being physically close to her minutes ago. He almost forgets about even saying a word to her when leaving. This is sign tells us that Alcee does not care for women as long-term companions, nor as a loving partner. He forgot about Calixta in matter of minutes and gone back to his life. This may be seen a claim, that there are some people who do not care about feelings or long-terms relationships, they are polygamous, they do not fix on one partner only. This is shown again on the next page, where Calixta says she does not care whether Bobinot marries her. However, when he asked her to kiss him, Calixta refuses, saying she does not want to. This shows that she chooses Bobinot as a long-term partner not for the love, but for the practicality of it. So does Alcee, when Clarisse expresses her feelings for him. He decides to settle down with her, despite not having feelings for her.
The second observation can be seen in the second part of the story, and again, can be seen in both characters (which is another observation of sort). During a storm, families of Alcee and Calixta are separated, and Alcee finds her house as a shelter. The two characters left alone in an empty house end up making love. Later, when Bobinot and his son come back, Calixta acts in a much more happy and enthusiastic way:
Bobinot’s explanations and apoligues which he had been composing all along the way, died on his lips as Calixta felt him to see if he were dry, and seemed to express nothing but satisfaction at their safe return.
Kate Chopin, “The Storm”, end of part III”
Alcee seemed to act in a more happy way as well, writing a letter to his wife. This shows again a point that the author raises, perhaps the some people prefer polygamous relationships, and feel better than when stopping themselves from forming new relationships with other people.
In conclusion, the author Kate Chopin raises some questions important throughout the years, still relevant today. Ethics of polygamous relationships is a dilemma discussed between more liberal and conservative people. While showing this issue, the author also touched on the subject of equality and feminism, where the issue was shown on both a man and a woman.
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The storm

All of the past plays we read in English Literature have the same theme that the author tried to express, the possibility of a woman. A major idea of Kate Chopin’s is how women feeling unhappy and subjugate in marriage. In the short story called At the “Cadian Ball”, Calixtra doesn’t have proper manners for a lady during this time. She doesn’t have any limits on her physical and verbal activities.  She is also taking care of her home, she is super obsessed with keeping the house clean. As soon as her husband returns home from the storm, he hopes that  Calixta wouldn’t be mad about the mess. These actions show that he cares what his wife thinks, he wants to please her and he clearly loves her. The storm is a  setting of the story and a very important symbol. I have noticed that Chopin is using French phrases, which has a big impact on us, as we learn about another theme of the story which is culture. The similarities between this short story and “Pygamion” is how upper-class people treat the ones who are lower them. Alcee won’t marry Calixtra because she is from the lower class. The authors tell us about the character and what classes they belong to by showing the manners of their speaking. In my opinion, the main accent of the short story is on women making decisions, Calixtra is suffering because she is silent, on the other hand, Clarisse takes what she wants as she “haunts” her wants.

 

 

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At the Cadian ball and The storm stories

In “At the cadian ball” by Kate Chopin, it is clear how both love and attraction are two different things. Attraction is mistaken for love in this story. The story’s plot is about the lives of two men and two woman who have different stories, yet they all meet at a certain point. The first couple that the story introduces the readers with is Bobinot and Calixta, he is in love with her, but she her feelings for him are not the same. This is clear when in page 187, he asks to kiss her and she replies, “I don’t want to kiss you, Bobinot”. So, one of the main questions raised after reading this is why does Calixta marry Bobinot if she did not love him? Then the author introduces us with the second man, Alcée, who was attending to the ball that Bobinot did not wanted to attend, so Bobinot becomes worried that Alicée can try to flirt with Calixta. But Alcée is in love with the second women called Clarisse. At the ball something happens between Alcée and Calixta, but the both end up returning to the ones they are supposed to be in love with. And Alcée ends up marrying Clarisse, and Calixta ends up marrying Bobinot. But then another question is raised, are they both happy in their marriages? And I think Calixta is not because she does not love Bobinot, but I do think that Alicée is, even though he had a thing for Calixta, he did love Clarisse too.

Then in “The storm”, the sequel to “At the cadian ball” the author shows us a different side to the previous story. Calixta and her husband were in the middle of a storm their son Bibi was playing outside, so while Bobinot went to find him, Calixta reencountered with Alicée and she offered him shelter, but it was something more than shelter, and while his husband was out in the storm, she was happily having an affair and being unfaithful to her husband. She had no consequences for her infidelity because as her husband returns, Alicée disappears, and she stays quiet, as if nothing had happened. I think that in these stories marriage does not mean love and loyalty, Calixta does not Bobinot, and she is not compromised to him, so why is she married to him? I also noticed that as they both cheated to their partners and acted as nothing happened, they seemed kinder to their families, how Alicée writes a love letter to his wife and how Calixta has a family dinner. The lies seem to make their marriage stronger instead of destroying it.

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Short Stories

While Bobinot and Bibi are stuck in a shop because of a storm, Calixta is home being infidel to her husband. What bothered me the most about these short stories is how in the first one, The ‘Cadian Ball appears to have a happy ending.  However in The Storm, there is a happy ending as well, but this is because there were no consequences to Calixta’s and Alcée’s actions. In these stories, I am annoyed about two things.  Spanish people are pictured as indecent you could say. The second thing is that Calixta is bold enough to sit at the table with her husband and child as if nothing happened. She won’t suffer any consequences. I do not understand the meaning of these texts, but if I had a guess it would be that marriage is meaningless, or that sex is extremely glorified. Maybe it is seen as something very important and it shouldn’t be. Anyway, I disliked the ending.

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The ‘Cadian Ball

I found it interesting that in “The Storm” Bobinot’s name did not have an accent on it, but in “The ‘Cadian Ball” it was spelled “Bobinôt”. I especially liked the vivid imagery.

The rain was over; and the sun was turning the glistening green world into a palace of gems. [2]

This was after the great storm and Bobinot is describing what the world looked like.

I do not understand what this sentence means.

Bobinot and Bibi, trudging home, stopped without at the cistern to make themselves presentable.

Why is the word “without” there?

Overall, I enjoyed reading the two short stories. Sometimes it became a little hard to read with bits of Creole mixed in. After I realized that the beginnings and ending of words are cut off, and figured out some of the French words, it became easier to read.

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At The Cadian Ball & The Storm

When reading a book or watching a movie, I always hope the people that are in love get to be together. So in “At The Cadian Ball” I was a bit disappointed that Calixta and Alcee did not end up together. After reading “The Storm”, my disappointment did fade away a bit because although the 2 lovers did not end up together, they are still happy in their marriages

It is interesting that so long ago, people would host soirees for Cajun people to find the people we would marry. Now, that would seem odd to go to a soiree and find your person in that crowd of people.

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A complicated love story

At first, it is clear that Bobinét is attracted to Calixta’s appearance, rather than his personality, then it is not certain whether it is love or only for the physique. Calixta’s behavior inappropriate for a 19th-century lady, in a culture that values women’s manners, yet Bobinét still loves her as she wants to protect her, and this shows that her feelings for her are more than attraction. Clarisse’s disapproval of Alcée’s attendance shows that although she rejected Alcée, Clarisse is really interested in him. Alcée is in love with Clarisse, but it’s unclear if she wants to be with her or if she’s only attracted to something shallow. It seems that the Laballiére family is of a higher social class than ball-goers and does not usually attend such social events. This shows the importance that has been imposed on status in Southern society.

The storm is a metaphor that represents the love of Calixta and Alcée. Chopin indicates that the feelings of the two are natural, representing this with things of nature, comparing Alcée to the sun and Calixta with a lily. The storm is not only natural but  it’s also powerful, like their love. But the storm also does little damage. They faint together, in this union of true love. For Chopin, that’s the only proper relationship between the sexes, the only one that’s likely to bring happiness.

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