Worthwhile Literature

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Worthwhile Literature
In the short story “The Storm” Calixta and Alcee engaged in a short affair when the two were forced together during a storm. This affair was clearly wrong, but the narration of the story made it appear as though there were no moral judgments made toward the characters or that the two seemed to be ashamed of their actions. Calixta and Alcee broke the trust of their significant others and blatantly disrespected the sanctity of their marriages, and yet the both walked away from the situation smiling and laughing. By looking deeper, it can be seen that there is some kind of moral dimension to the story. After the affair, when Calixta’s husband and son returned home, she greeted the two with joy and instead of reacting angrily at her son’s messy appearance, Calixta ignored it completely and decided to cook them a feast for dinner. She may not have shown remorse for her affair with Alcee, but the way Calixta began to treat her family with less judgment as the “over-scrupulous housewife” (808) her husband considered her to be could be construed as Calixta changing her ways as a result of the affair. She realized that she had disrespected her family and made an effort to right her wrongs and treat them better.
Alcee had a similar reaction to the affair. He went home and wrote a “loving letter, full of tender solicitude” (808) to his wife that said even though he missed them, they should stay wherever they were if that is what would make them happy. He was not openly remorseful, but by writing that letter Alcee showed that he cared deeply for his wife and children and realized that his own selfishness would have to be let go of in order for them to be happy and healthy. Both Alcee and Calixta made some small indication of their remorse for their moral failures, and consequently changed themselves in some way to try to make up for it.
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