What is "Local Color" about Kate Chopin's "The Storm"?

The descriptive details revolving around the setting and culture of antebellum Louisiana reveal "local color" in "The Storm." The French phrases and dialect show distinct cultural melding, while Calixta's home divulges the isolation of the countryside.

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In "The Storm", “Local Color” refers to the specific details of the story that might help the reader develop a better sense of the setting. Because we know that this short story takes place in Louisiana, local color would include anything that provides nuanced description of the places in which Chopin’s characters are located, helping to reveal more about their environment and culture. One specific example of this occurs when Calixta impatiently looks out of her window to assess the raging storm. As she watched,

A bolt struck a tall chinaberry tree at the edge of the field.

This small piece of information tells us much about Calixta’s world and where she lives. For her to be able to see vegetation in a space as far off as a field indicates that she must live out in the countryside and own a sizeable portion of land. Perhaps she lived in a manor home. This possibility is made more real in the early parts of chapter II, when Calixta sees Alcee on her small front gallery (implying...

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