The Importance of Setting in Jack Londons "To Build a Fire" and Kate Chopins "The Storm"
Chopin uses setting to not only influence the reader’s senses, but also, to illustrate the actions and feelings of her characters, to thrust the reader into the sense of being in the storm that is baring down on her characters. This story takes place in a small town located in Louisiana, At Friedheimer's store, but the most important setting is Calixta and Bobinôt's home, when Bobinôt is not there. The home itself isn't described that much: it has a "Small front gallery… dining room, the sitting room, the general utility room, and a bedroom that holds a "white, monumental bed" and looked "dim and mysterious".
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. Setting in this story is the catalyst to the passion that occurs between Alcee and Calixta. The storm occurs just as Alcee rides by. The storm forces Alcee and