Aleksandr Nicolaevich Ostrovsky was a 19th century Russian playwright. Ostrovsky worked as a court clerk where disputes among merchants were settled. He used this experience in forming many of his characters. The Storm is a glimpse into the old-fashioned Muscovite life. The Storm tells the life of a small town full of ordinary merchants and townspeople. The play tells the story of Katherine the idealistic religious heroine, merchant Dikoy the bully, the soft characterless lover Boris, Kuligin the artisan, and Madame Kabanova the tyrannical mother.