Essay on The Storm1

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The Storm1





The purpose of this paper is to analyze The Storm by Kate Chopin. In this paper we will
look at the setting, atmosphere, plot, character, foreshadowing, symbolism and theme of
this story.

Setting and Atmosphere
This story is set on a sultry afternoon in south Louisiana near Biloxi. The body of the
story takes place in Calixta's home during a fierce summer storm. The atmosphere is
charged with electricity and sexual tension caused by the storm and the unexpected arrival
of Alcée Laballière who Calixta had not seen very often since her marriage, and never
alone.

Plot and Character
The main character of the story is Calixta a passionate young wife and mother. Calixta is
a flat character because she is shown as a normal wife who has a brief passionate episode
and then returns to being a normal wife and mother. We see that Calixta is a normal wife
because she is performing normal household chores, she is furiously sewing in the
beginning of the story and she had hung her husband Bobinôt's, Sunday clothes out to air.
Her passionate nature is shown in the lines "fear in her liquid blue eyes had given place
to a drowsy gleam that unconsciously betrayed a sensuous desire." (29) Her nature is
further illustrated in the sentence which began "The generous abundance of her
passion,"(29) this shows us that Calixta was a passionate woman. We then see Calixta's
return to her roll of wife and mother because after the storm she was preparing supper
when Bobinôt and Bibi returned home and she was worried that they might be wet or hurt.

The second character in the story is Alcée Laballière. Alcée was a former beau of Calixta
before she married Bobinôt. We are told very little about Alcée, and given very few clues
as to his character. Therefor I feel that Alcée's purpose in the story is to carry it
forward. Without his arrival at Calixta's home in the beginning of the storm the story
would not have had a plot.

The two remaining characters are Bobinôt, Calixta's husband and Bibi her four year old
son. The story doesn't tell us too much about these two characters, we see that Bobinôt
is a considerate husband because after he realized they would be detained by the storm, he
"purchased a can of shrimp of which Calixta was very fond."(27) We assume he did this to
appease Calixta because he realized Bibi was correct when he pointed out that "Mama'll be
'fraid, yes,"(27) when they arrived home late.

The basic plot for this story is Calixta's passionate interlude with Alcée during a brief but sever afternoon storm.
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