adulterous affair. In Kate Chopin's "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 1800's 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" (96). By providing a terrible storm
Chopin creates an ingenious setting for this chance meeting. Chopin's
intentions become even more apparent immediately after Alcee's
introduction. To propel the story forward Chopin uses the storm to
force Alcee inside Calixta's home. The story reads: "He expressed an
intention to remain outside, but it was soon apparent that he might as
well have been out in the open: the water beat in upon the boards in
driving sheets, and he went inside, closing the door after him" (Chopin
96). Author and critic Barbara Ewell wrote, "Chopin adroitly matches
the storm's irresistible development with the effects of... [continues]
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