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by Kate Chopin

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The meaning of the title in "The Storm" by Kate Chopin  After reading the story by Chopin there are several serious questions I must impose upon you with; Is the setting just background, or is it a key force in the story? How does the setting influence the story’s plot?  Does it cause characters to act? What role do weather conditions play in the story? How does the setting influence the characters?  Does it affect (or reflect) their emotional state?  Does it help to explain their motivation?

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The setting, especially the storm itself, is symbolic. Everything seems calm, knowable, before the storm, but then as the storm develops and grows more intense, so do the feelings of Calixta and Alcée inside the house. When lightning strikes, "Calixta put her hands to her eyes, and with a cry, staggered backward. Alcée's arm encircled her, and for an instant he drew her close and spasmodically to him." It is a key force, certainly, because it brings these two characters together, alone, as they have not been since Calixta's marriage.

Further, the storm not only brings them together into the same physical space, but it also reignites the long-dormant passion between Alcée and Calixta. As the storm gathers,

[Alcée] pushed [Calixta's] 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. As she glanced up at him the fear in her liquid blue eyes had given place...

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