Desiree's Baby Analysis

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The story “Désirée 's Baby” by Kate Chopin is about a man named Armand and a woman Named Desiree. Armand and Désirée are a married couple of French origin with a newborn baby. One day Madame Valmonde, Désirée 's Mother decides to come to Desiree 's house to take care of her baby but Madame Valmonde looks at Désirée 's baby and finds out that he is a quadroon then everyone in the community starts to look at Armand and Desiree and try to find out who is not white Armand immediately blames Désirée for not being white even though all the signs were pointing towards him. Désirée eventually starts believing that she is not white and ends up killing herself, shortly after Désirée 's death Armand finds a letter and finds out that he is actually half…show more content…
Armand knew his heritage because he yelled at desires and ignored her multiple times because she was of African American origin. When people found out that Armand and Desiree’s baby was one fourth black when meant Armand or Desiree was part black Armand immediately blamed Desiree for being part black and yelled at her repeatedly saying that she was not white” It means […] That the child is not white; it means that you are not white ”(3). This quote shows that Armand isn’t even considering that he is white he is putting all the blame on Desiree of being black, if he did not know that he was black then he would consider himself being African American but Armand likes his power and a dominant white male. Armand has built his reputation as a white male and he doesn’t want Desiree to blow his cover so to maintain his reputation he puts all the blame of being part African American on…show more content…
Some might think that Armand did not know about his heritage because his parents died at an early age so he would not know about his heritage However, in the text is say that his father brought him home after his mother died “ his father brought him home from Paris, a boy of eight after his mother died there”(1). This quote shows that only his mom died and not his father so eventually he would figure out that he was part black he would have been curious about his mother since she died at an early age but when Armand found out that he was black I think that he liked being white so much that he kept that secret until there was actually proof that he was part
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