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Analysis

Literary Devices in The Storm

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

The storm is a super obvious symbol. It's involved in practically every element of the story. First off, it's the title. Second, it plays a huge role in the plot, forming the beginning and the end...

Setting

This story takes place in the small town in Louisiana where all the characters live. A small fraction of the action takes place at Friedheimer's store, Alcée's house, and the house where Clarisse...

Narrator Point of View

Third person omniscient is perfect for this story. Of the five sections, each comes at us from a different character or characters' point of view. We emerge from the story knowing exactly how every...

Genre

The genre of "The Storm" is easy to figure out simply based on its form. Coming in at fewer than 2,000 words, it's easily categorized as a short story in terms of length. From a content standpoint,...

Tone

The narrator's tone in this story is one of enabling encouragement. The voice we hear seems almost to be encouraging the characters in their decisions to have affairs and keep them secret, or to ev...

Writing Style

More than anything else, Chopin's style in this story is one of fluidity. She transitions smoothly and rapidly not only among five characters' points of view – Bibi, Bobinôt, Calixta, Alcée, an...

What's Up With the Title?

First off, it's hard to think of a more appropriate title for this story than "The Storm." There would be no story without the storm; it guides the entire narrative and affects each of the characte...

What's Up With the Ending?

The ending seems pretty clear. Or is it? That's the trick with a lot of good short stories. They lead you in one direction and then twist things all around at the last second. You close the book th...

Tough-o-Meter

This story is pretty straightforward, although the characters' names are unfamiliar to most of us and there's some use of Creole dialect. However, it's usually pretty easy to figure out what the ch...

Plot Analysis

The storm begins and Calixta's family is separated.In a classic beginning, danger lurks from that old menace, Mother Nature herself. The man of the house, Bobinôt, is away from home and can't prot...

Trivia

Calixta, Alcée, and Bobinôt show up in an earlier story by Chopin, "At the 'Cadian Ball" (source).Like this story? Buy the T-shirt.Chopin was the mother of six children (source).Chopin didn't sta...

Steaminess Rating

The language Chopin uses may be a little coy and full of figurative language: "an immaculate dove" (2.18), "firm, elastic flesh...like a creamy lily" (2.19), and so forth. It isn't crude or vulgar;...

Allusions

Kate Chopin, "At the 'Cadian Ball," implied throughout The Virgin Mary (see "Symbolism: Assumption")
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