The Storm

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Kate Chopin’s “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 story. Chopin uses words like “somber clouds”, “threatening roar”, and “…

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…brief love affair is over and Alcee rides off. Bobinot and Bibi walk through the mud left behind by the storm as they return home. They all sit down as a family and eat dinner as if nothing ever happened. For Calixta the story ends with her renewal of her marital commitment. She is now aware of her natural and passionate nature. The storm in a sense was a cleansing of the soul for Calixta.