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In the short story The Storm Kate Chopin uses the setting to illuminate the theme The development of the storm parallels the development of the love affair between Calixta and Alcee Like a storm which is a passing occurrence so is the love affair between Calixta and Alcee Just as the storm suddenly develops Alcee suddenly pursues Calixta Furthermore the affair ends as abruptly as the storm ends The story is divided into five sections Each section notes the advancement of the storms state as well as the unfolding of the affair Section one begins with the foreboding sounds of the advancing storm and we have the husband Bobinot and son Bibi away from their home and Calixta The storms intensity is foreshadowed Bobinot explains to his son that something threatening is approaching He called the childs attention to certain sombre clouds that were rolling with sinister intention from the west accompanied by a sullen threatening roar p146 What the two of them do not know is that not only is a physical storm looming but also a disturbance to their family In the beginning of section two it becomes dark and rain begins to fall and here also enters Alcee to Calixtas house Alcee intended on just staying outside and wait for the rain to let up but the storm grew more violent causing Alcee to go in doors As the storm grew more bold so did Alcees intentions At the middle of this section we have the apex of the storm and we also have the union of Calixta and Alcee The passion between the two of them reaches a maximal level At the end of the section the storm is over and Alcee is riding away In section three the storm is over but we have the aftermath of the storm Bobinot and Bibi return to their home with Calixta trying
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