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The Storm: Introduction
The Storm: Plot Summary
The Storm: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Storm: Themes
The Storm: Quotes
The Storm: Characters
The Storm: Symbols
The Storm: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Kate Chopin
Historical Context of The Storm
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- Full Title: “The Storm”
- When Written: July 19, 1898
- Where Written: St. Louis
- When Published: 1969 as part of The Complete Works of Kate Chopin
- Literary Period: Realism
- Genre: Short story
- Setting: An unnamed small town in southern Louisiana
- Climax: Calixta and Alcée, former lovers who are now married to other people, have sex during an intense thunderstorm.
- Antagonist: Rigid gender norms and expectations of marriage
- Point of View: Third-person omniscient
Extra Credit for The Storm
Chopin’s Childhood. Chopin grew up during the American Civil war. In line with her family, she was pro-Confederate throughout her childhood.
“The Storm” in Real Life. Chopin was no stranger to controversy in her lifetime. After the death of her husband, Chopin caused a stir in southern Louisiana for having a relationship with a married man.