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Kate Chopins The Storm is a short story about a brief love affair that takes place during a storm that has separated Calixta with her husband and son The title The Storm is an obvious reference to the storm outside but more importantly to the love affair that takes place The title refers to nature which is symbolically used again and again in the storyChopin uses words like somber clouds threatening roar and sinister intentions to describe the approaching storm Later in the story those same words in reference to the storm outside will also be represented symbolically to the storm brewing inside with the love affairIn the beginning of the story Bobinot and his son Bibi stay at a store to let the storm pass by Calixta the wife is at home by herself doing some chores around the house As the storm starts to approach Alcee rides in and asks Calixta if he could come in until the storm passes It starts to rain immediately after he arrives Its important to know that Alcee and Calixta had past together which he brings up to her later in the story It is also stated that she has never seen him alone The storm starts to increase outside reflecting the sexual tension insideThe storms sinister intention appears when The rain beat upon the shingled roof that threatened to break an entrance It seems that the storm knows what is going on between the two and is threatening to break in and ruin their chancesThey move through out the house and end up in the bedroom with its white monumental bed its closed shutters looked dim and mysterious The bed being white symbolizes purity The two then make their way to the window to watch the storm outside when lightning strikes nearby falling back into his arms The storm in a sense seems to be forcing them together now They then embrace each other in
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