Discuss the title and setting of "The Storm" by Kate Chopin.

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The Storm” by Kate Chopin takes place in southern Louisiana.  It is possible to tell the setting  based on the hints in the story. There is a story that is a prequel to this story: "At the Cadian Ball." This story introduces the characters and the first meeting for Alcee and Calixta occurs in it.

The setting of the story is recognizable as southern Louisiana for several reasons:

  • There are two kinds of people that have French heritage who live in southern Louisiana---the Acadians who are descendants of French-American exiles from Acadia, Nova Scotia. Calixta and Bobinot are Acadians.  The other French people are the Creoles, descendants of French settlers in Louisiana. Alcee and his wife are Creoles.  Despite the shared French heritage, the Creoles and the Acadians do not mix.  The Acadians are considered to be of a lower social class than the Creoles.  Society mores would not tolerate the two classes crossing the social boundaries.  
  • Many of Chopin’s stories take place in this...

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