Analysis Of Desiree's Baby By Kate Chopin

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Kate Chopin often wrote about topics that were not necessarily thought to be acceptable by her society. Women of Chopin’s time were not given very much credit for anything. They were looked down upon as if they had no true value. Through writing Chopin gives women a new role in life. Her stories give a look into the life of some women actually go through. In Kate Chopin’s “Desiree’s Baby,” she uses several different themes including race and racism, love, and identity: foreshadowing, irony, flashbacks, and local color to show her readers that love can easily be used as a object and not real love. Kate Chopin shows the reader the theme of identity in “Desiree’s Baby”. In “Desiree’s Baby” Kate Chopin states, “Madame Valmonde abandoned every speculation but the one that Desiree had been sent to her by a beneficent Providence to be the child of her affection, seeing that she was without child of the flesh. For the girl grew to be beautiful and gentle, affectionate and sincere, - the idol of Valmonde” (Chopin 1). Desiree not only had a new life, but she had someone who loved and cared for her no matter what. She was thrown out by her family and left to die but when Valmonde saw her and took her in she gave her a chance at life she gave her a chance to become something and somebody. Because Desiree comes from an unknown past her ancestry is unknown causing many people to be very cautious around her. Even though Desiree would’ve been expected to never amount to anything she
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