Take the story "The Storm" by Kate Chopin through the elements of a short story plot.

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An extramarital affair, lust, lies--This story "The Storm" by Kate Chopin was not published in her life time because it was considered too risqué.  Written in 1898, it was not published until 1969.  As a feminist writer, Chopin wrote about various situations in which a woman might find herself. The story was considered too sexually explicit for its time period.   

The narration is third person point of view with an uninvolved narrator.  The tone is heated, exciting, and potentially dangerous. 


Bobinot, the father, and his son Bibi are at local village running errands.  There is a major storm coming, so the pair will wait out the storm before heading toward home.  The child worries about his mother.

Calixta, the mother and protagonist, is sewing and has not noticed the approaching storm.  She realizes that a storm is coming and hurries to get the laundry which is outside.  While outside, Alcee Laballiere, a neighbor, rides up and asks to wait out the storm.  Calixta invites him in. 

Just as they arrive inside, the rain begins.

Rising Action

The weather quickly worsens.

Alcee thinks Calixta is still a beautiful woman.

The pair has moved in a room where they can see Calixta’s bed.

They look out the window at the storm.  They embrace and Alcee tells Calixta that everything will be all right.

They both remember a previous time when they had a brief tryst without sex.


The storm is raging. Calixta and Alcee begin kissing and then making passionate love.  The intensity of their lovemaking rises with the storm.

He stayed cushioned upon her, breathless, dazes, enervated, with his heart beating like a hammer upon her.  With one hand she clasped his head, her lips lightly touching his forehead.  The other hand stroked with a soothing rhythm his muscular shoulders.

They want to nap in each other's arms but decide that is too dangerous. 

Falling Action

The storm wanes as does their love making. 

The storm is over, and Alcee leaves with Calixta watching him ride away.

Soon, Bobinot and Bibi arrive home. They have worried that Calixta will be upset that they were not at home during the storm. 

Calixta is not upset and seems to be happy to see them.

She has made them dinner.


Bobinot gives Calixta some shrimp he bought for her, and they embrace.  They seem like the ideal happy family.

When Alcee arrives home, he writes a letter to Clarisse,  his wife who is on vacation.  He explains that she does not have to hurry home. 

His wife receives the letter and is so happy.  She is very glad to have a break from her husband. 

The story ends with everyone happier because of the storm.  It also seems sad because Calixta and Alcee are probably not done with each other.  In the future, probably someone will be hurt.