There was peculiar stillness in the air; not a leaf stirred, not whiff of wind blew. It looked like calm before the storm. Unmindful of these foreboding signs, my friend and I set out for a long walk along the beach.
We had done about half an hour's walk, when we noticed far off in the sky a speck of black; cloud which became denser and denser, and soon the sky was overcast, rendering the atmosphere gloomy and dismal. Just as we decided to turn back homewards we were greeted by a cool, soft breeze, which within few minutes turned into a strong gale. It blew restlessly harder and harder so that we could hardly stand against it. Hurriedly we took shelter in a solitary hut close by.
Hardly had we got into the empty abode when down came the rain with all its fury, accompanied by peals of thunder and flashes of lightning. The thunder-claps were so deafeningly loud and the flashes across so terrifically bright that we were almost frightened to death.
For over an hour we were held up, and during that time the storm raged, causing much havoc. Huge waves rolled on the sea and the hapless fishermen who went out to sea to cast nets were caught in the storm. We watched the unfortunate men clinging to their battered boats as they were tossed up and down the high seas. Brave men they were! They successfully weathered the storm after an hour's terrible ordeal.
When the storm abated and finally calm set in, one could see the destruction it had caused. Trees were uprooted, roofs were blown off, and lashing angry waves caused a deep breach in the wall that protected the fisher folks' dwellings, inundating the whole locality.
Never did we witness a more horrible scene than this. We thanked God for our safety and secretly prayed that another dreadful experience like this should not befall us.
...poem “Storm Warnings,” Adrienne Rich uses unique structural style including many poetic devices, such as structure, imagery, and descriptive language to reveal literal, as well as metaphorical meanings in her poem. This structure lets the poem progress in an organized and chronological manner, in order to explain an external as well as an internal conflict that is being held by the speaker. The emotions of the speaker run parallel to the storm happening on the outside; Rich uses this as the story’s metaphor. The main message of “Storm Warnings” is that one cannot prevent bad things from happening, but some of the time, one is able to stay out of the path of less than desirable situations. “Storm Warnings” is also composed of physical contrasts, such as the contrast between inside the house and outside of the house. This ties into the main idea of internal paralleling external, as well.
Although the author is writing about and even describing a literal storm, what she is also writing about are her internal and emotional struggles and conflicts. In the third stanza, the poem refers to the “mastery of elements” (Line 2), speaking of a change in the weather, which also relates to the fact that humans are unable to change or avoid similar changes. The poet describes the fact that she can only watch the storm in the first stanza. This relates to when she talks about how humans are helpless...
...Questions for Discussion
1.) How would you describe Bobinot? Is he a sympathetic character?
Bibinot I would describe as being a serious and responsible person from the way he was being described in Section I where he was taking shelter with his son away from the storm.
I believe Bibinot was a sympathetic character in the short story because of the scene when he was with his son coming home after the storm; he was very concerned of what his wife would think what had happened to them and also was worried that his wife would say something about them being so dirty, so the husband made sure they were somewhat clean before they entered the house.
2.) What kind of wife and mother does Calixta appear to be? Does anything strike you as unusual in her relationship to the father and son? Consider the way in which both Bobinot and Bibi see Calixta when they discuss her, and the way that Calixta talks about them to Alcee, as well as how she treats them on their return from town.
The kind of wife and mother that Calixta appear to be is a very loving and caring wife, which is shown near towards the end when the husband and son come back home and she greets them and is excited for the shrimp they brought back, even after she just committed adultery. I found one thing very unusual with the relationship between the wife and husband; when he brought the shrimp for her she just kissed him on the cheek and nothing else. Also during the beginning...
...Kate Chopin's "The Storm" and John Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums" are both stories portraying feminine sexuality and passion. Calixta and Elisa experience lust for men to whom they are not married to. Elisa seems to have a functional relationship with her husband Henry. She seems content with tending to the prized Chrysanthemums in her garden, while her husband tends to all the financial affairs. The observation that they have no children hints to the conclusion that obviously something is lacking in the sexual department of their relationship. Elisa seems to have unfulfilled sexual desires, hence her attraction to the tinker. As she speaks to him about the stars at night, her description is almost pornographic. "Every pointed star gets driven into your body." "Hot and sharp and- lovely." As she kneels before him in the garden, her hand extends out to touch his pants leg but she holds back, and it is as if she craves to touch a man. Elisa's husband does not seem to give her the attention she wants, which becomes blatantly obvious as she gets utterly excited when the tinker inquires about the Chrysanthemums in her garden. Eliza and Calixta both have that feeling where they feel unwanted and bored, making them lose control, like Calixta did when she slept with Alcee, while Eliza only fantasized. These stories portray love in many ways, including the way Bobinot buying Calixta a can of shrimps, and Calixta, after meeting up with Alcee, and then later not...
...Kate Chopin’s “the Storm” analysis on division significance
The short story “the storm” is a story of a women’s sexuality and the love of the character Calixta and
her partner Alcee. Chopin deliberately attempted to build curiosity into the reader and ambiguity in the
end by revolving the entire story within the time frame of a Storm. Everything in the story happens during
and because of the storm. Chopin uses symbolism and suspense by revealing different moods, and
excitement of characters at various sections in the story, and breaks the suspense as the storm passes. The
story is presented in five sections, as each section represents a different stage of the storm. This technique
is very useful as it increases suspense by giving symbolism clues to the reader in each section. Chopin
explains the symbolism that Calixtas sexual passion is like a storm on itself, relatable to the actual
storm occurring in the story. In that her passion is wild and furious not unlike the storm.
The first Section of the story describes a storm approaching as Calixtas husband and son are stuck in a
nearby store. The first sentence gives the reader a clue to the incoming storm. “The leaves were so still
that even Bibi thought it was going to rain”. However overall the title “the Storm” refers to the...
...The Storm is a portrayal of sexually oppressed and the displeasurement in marriage of women of the late 1800’s. Kate Chopin was born in the mid 1800’s, an independent widow after her husband’s death, voiced her opinion for women who were oppressed by marriage. The Storm was not published until late after her death, due to its severe sexual content at the time. This time period helps the reader’s mind delve into the mindset of women without rights to express sexual desires. Would The Storm make a good film? I don’t think The Storm would make a good film because there is not an enticing climax, the dialog is lacking substance, and the story is not an interesting subject for this present day.
Chopin uses the storm to portray the sexual tension between the characters Calixta and her former lover, Alcee. As Calixta is doing her chores, a symbol of her sexual restraint, she is unaware of an approaching storm. When the storm finally nears she scrambles to retrieve the drying garments outside before the rain ruins them. Alcee then appears at her door asking for refuge within her house. At this point it is understood that Calixta, while still having feelings for Alcee, is going to commit adultery despite being bound by marriage. Chopin describes the tense encounter by saying, “His voice and her own startled her as if from a trance.” Calixta then moves toward the window...
...Is Bad Weather an Excuse for Deceit? In the story “The Storm”, Kate Chopin plots a situation in which two people surrender to their physical desires. Chopin wrote fiction stories in the late 19th century. She was condemned due to the immorality presented in her work. At her times, woman was considered to be very innocent, and always faithful to her husband. In Chopin’s work one sees a totally different view of a woman’s behavior. She is not a popular writer of her era because of her crude works; the audience of her period could not justify her stories. In the story “the storm”, Kate Chopin by hiding the immoral behavior of her characters behind the fear of bad weather is being ironic. The writer tries really hard to convince her readers that Calixta (the female character) was a victim of her fear of the bad storm. Kate uses phrases such as “exclaimed”, “put her hands to her eyes, and with a cry” etc. to gather sympathy from her readers for Calixta. Right before the act of betrayal comes in the plot, the heroine is worried about her child and that instead of being one of the pathos makes her look guiltier. As Calixta remembers that she is a mother of a child still it does not stop her from having sex with Alcee. Kate describes in detail the destruction the storm causes, “The rain was coming down . . . the very boards they stood upon” presenting a frightful atmosphere, but she is not able to justify Calixta’s cheating...
...In Kate Chopin’s “The Storm”, a married woman breaks free from the patriarchal norm of her time. This story embodies feminism for many reasons—some of which are giving female characters typical “male” characteristics and discussing female sexuality. An affair that would usually be looked at with distaste and as an abomination is nonchalantly recounted in this shocking tale. It is also representative of Chopin’s background and symbolizes the turning of a page for women everywhere. This story goes into the female psyche and questions the sanctity of marriage in a very traditional time. Chopin uses foreshadowing and nature scenes to entangle the reader in the story. This metonymy is about a horrible storm and an even worse affair and is presented boldly in a non-judgmental way, never acknowledging the moral aspects of any of the characters’ actions but always pushing the envelope of the reader’s superego.
To understand the mindset of Chopin as she writes her short story “The Storm”, the audience needs to know about the history behind the author. Chopin was raised in St. Louis, but early in her life she married and moved to New Orleans. “Kate's family on her mother's side was of French extraction, and Kate grew up speaking both French and English. She was bilingual and bicultural--feeling at home in different communities with quite different values--and the influence of French life and literature on her thinking is noticeable...
...Academy for Young Writers
SBO Schedule Proposal
2012-2013 School Year
SBO: School-Based Option (Article 8B)
An SBO is the process whereby the Principal and the UFT Chapter Leader agree to propose to the UFT represented school staff deviations from certain requirements of the various UFT contracts, such as staffing, class size, rotation, etc. In order pass a vote, the proposal must be approved by fifty-five percent (55%) of the staff who vote and the SBO must specify which provisions of the contract will be altered.
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School Day (Article 6A1,2,3) 1. The school day for teachers shall be 6 hours and 20 minutes and such additional time as provided for below.2. The parties agreed to extend the teacher work day in “non Extended Time Schools” by an additional 37 ½ minutes per day, Monday through Thursday, following student dismissal. Friday’s work schedule is 6 hours and 20 minutes. The 37 ½ minutes of the extended four (4) days per week shall be used for tutorials, test preparation and / or small group instruction and will have a teacher to student ratio of no more than one to ten. In single session schools, the day will start no earlier than 8:00 A.M. and end no later than 3:45 P.M. | The schedule for the 2012-2013 school year will be as follows:Monday: Start time is 8:55. End time is 3:31.Total time is 6 hrs 36min.Tuesday: Start time is 8:55 End time is 3:31Total time is 6 hrs 36 min.Wed.: Start time is...