Kate Chopin, “The Storm”
After reading the short story above, answer the following questions in complete sentences.
- Is the presence of the storm essential to the story? The weather is the most obvious element of the story’s setting. What are other aspects of setting important to the story?
- What claim about marriage does “The Storm” imply? Point to specific evidence in the story that supports this claim. Are you convinced? Why or why not?
- The closing line asserts, “So the storm passed, and everyone was happy.” Is this a “happy” ending? What assumptions about happiness underlie the narrator’s assertion? Do you accept or reject those assumptions? Why?