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In "The Storm" as a whole, how do setting and plot reinforce each other?

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A bolt of lightning strikes a tree in Calixta's yard, and its "blinding glare and the crash seemed to invade the very boards [Calixta and Alcée] stood upon." It is this flash of white light that causes Calixta to stumble backwards, crying out, and it is this flash that seems to light them up as well. It is almost as though Calixta embodies the storm. Her eyes are described as a "liquid blue," like rainwater, and the glimpse of her "white neck" arouses Alcée "powerfully." She is like the lightning, her body gleaming and flaring, and

The generous abundance of her passion [...] was like a white flame which penetrated and found response in depths of his own sensuous nature that had never been reached. (emphasis mine)

Using a metaphor , a powerful figurative device, the narrator compares Calixta's passion to a "white flame," which sounds very much like the lightning that initiated their physical contact. Even her mouth is a "fountain of light," another comparison of Calixta to water. As they...

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