What meaning do you find in the title "The Storm"?

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In addition to the relevance of the title "The Storm" above, this title also symbolizes the tumultuous nature of marriage and physical attraction to others during marriage.  We are human beings and it is not abnormal to find oneself attracted to others, even during a marriage; however, one must choose whether they value and want to stay true to the vows they made during their wedding ceremony, don't they?  In some respects, the title also symbolizes the storm (trouble) that could occur as a result of Calixta's dalliance.  We do not know if this will occur again wen Alcee just happens to be near the home, for example.  The actions of Calixta and Alcee could cause many problems in their marriages, although they certainly do not believe so.

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The title of the story has two intertwined meanings. The first and simplest meaning is literal: a thunderstorm happens while Bobinôt and Bibi are away from home. This storm provokes a second metaphorical storm, a storm of passion. Alcée had taken shelter from the storm with Calixta. Lightning strikes a tree, and she jumps. They touch, and a "storm" of sexual desire sweeps over both of them.

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