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Every storm creeps upon us hits a luminous climax and then fades away into nothingness In The Storm Kate Chopin accurately depicts the way that a storm can happen in a person s life She uses symbolism to depict the feelings of the relationships which are as unpredictable as that of this raging storm The setting in this story creates the perfect environment for an adulterous affair In Kate Chopins The Storm Chopin not only creates the perfect setting but also uses the setting as a symbol of the affair Most likely occurring in the late 1800s and taking place in the deep South the story gives an account of an adulterous affair between Calixta wife to Bobinot and mother to four year old Bibi and Alcee husband to Clarisse during a terrible rain storm The presence of the storm is not merely coincidental It is the driving force behind the story and the affair As the storm begins climaxes and ends so does the affair and the story From the opening we see that Chopin intends to use the storm to move the story forward The story begins with Bobinot and Bibi inside the local store As they attempt to leave they notice storm clouds approaching the town Deciding to wait out the storm they remain inside Meanwhile Calixta is at home sewing and unaware of the storm Soon realizing the storm is approaching she begins frantically running about the house closing windows and doors and retrieving clothes left on the porch Seeking shelter from the rain Alcee approaches as Calixta steps on to her front porch Chopin writes As she stepped outside Alcee Laballiere rode in at the gate Chopin 113 By providing a terrible storm Chopin creates a setting for this chance meeting Chopins intentions become even more apparent immediately after Alcees introduction To propel the story forward Chopin uses the storm to force Alcee inside Calixtas home The story reads
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