Readings of Chopin's work's often note the tension between female characters and the society that surrounds them. Margaret Bauer suggests that Chopin is concerned with exploring the "dynamic interrelation between women and men, women and patriarchy, even women and women" (146). Often, critics focus on the importance of conflict in these works and the way in which Chopin uses gender constraints on two level, to open an avenue for the discussion of feminine identity and, at the same time, to critique the patriarchal society denies that identity. .
"The Storm" Since the beginning of time, men and women have felt passion for each other. As time has past, many authors have written about the overwhelming feelings that can occur between humans and the power of lust. It is the search for pleasure, for feeling alive, and for feeling like a passionate human being. Kate Chopin describes these emotions in The Storm a story that can be compared with similar themes today. First, after many years of marriage, couples might lose the feelings of passion they have in the beginning of the relationship. Couples still love each other, but their lust is transformed into a compassionate partnership. In The Storm, Calixta's sexuality is repressed by the constraints of her marriage and society's view of women. The absence of lust makes a person become unaware of her sexuality and instinctive drive. The animalistic drives become dormant, and some might become satisfied living without these feelings. The satisfaction once known may seem to become forgotten and unimportant. An awakening of theses feelings can make a person experience a storm within. The Storm creates a sense of excitement, and controlling her feelings can be hard. The amount of time that these feelings have been repressed can affect the intensity of the storm. Second, Today's media is centered on love triangles. It is not uncommon for a story today to have a plot, which is focused on unfaithful relationship, in contrast to the fifties when tv and radio portrayed perfect couples and families.