Throughout the Short Story “Desiree’s Baby”, Kate Chopin used a lot of Irony. In this article you'll see many of dramatic Irony. Dramatic Irony is used in this story because, Armand is Really Black and Desiree is really white. In the short story of “desiree’s baby” Desiree and Armand race a baby, that they think is white.
“Desiree’s Baby” is a short story written by Kate Chopin. In “Desiree’s Baby,” Desiree is found by the Valmonde’s family, not knowing what her origin was, they took her in. Desiree grew into a gentle and loving young woman. The young owner of the neighboring plantation, Armand Aubigny, fell in love with her at first sight. Armand Aubigny and Desiree got married and had a child together.
Kate Chopin is the author of a very popular short story called “Desiree’s Baby”. This story takes place in the 1890s, during the time of slavery and has to do with a white woman named Desiree Valmonde, who was abandoned by her parents and adopted by a married couple. It also has to do with a white man named Armand, who is Desiree’s significant other. Being the happily, healthy couple that they are, they decide to have a baby together, and when the baby is born Armand and Desiree were both delighted and seemed as if life couldn’t get better. As soon as the baby gets older, Armand started to notice that his baby’s skin was giving off the complexion of either a “quadroon” or “octoroon”- ⅛ or ⅛ African.
Kate Chopin’s stories describe the lives of three married couples in unexpected situations. The main characters in each of her three stories are women. The reason of this coincidence is that, during this time, women do not have positions of prominence in the family situations. They all seem to enjoy a rather normal existence, until fate introduces an unexpected event in each of their lives. The stories, “The Story of an Hour”, “The Storm”, & “Desiree’s Baby” are being used to depict the lives of women during these times of hardship.
“A man who stands for nothing will fall for nothing.” The African american race, as many other people have faced many challenges and has been through many struggles and oppression. These events in history have fostered a sense of pride, and for some people a sense of hate. To begin with, racism, pride and hate, intertwines when referring to a period in the American history known as the Antebellum Era. This period in American history, was a period genereally considered to be a period before the Civil War and after the War of 1812.
The Eugenics of Rappaccini's Daughter and Desiree’s Baby Eugenics is about controlling breeding to have certain qualities in the human condition. Within the two stories of Rappaccini’s Daughter and Desiree’s Baby, they share the common ground of controlled breeding. In the story, Rappaccini focuses on the scientific aspects of mixing science into his daughter to make her become super natural, while Desiree’s Baby brings into the story the category of mixing with other races to be something unnatural. Both stories share the idea that eugenics could corrupt their reproductive and sexual behavior, which is seen as impure.
In the stories of Loving V. Virginia and “ Desiree’s baby ” both take place back in the day when racism was prevalent. The United States Supreme Court invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Although one of them is a fictional story while for the other one is an article on a real case that happened. After a close reading of Loving V. Virginia and the fictional story Desiree 's Baby by Kate Cho both couples react to interracial marriage in a way that demonstrates race relations don’t allow them to be happy and they believe they are as equal as anybody else and deserve to live how they choose to live. Loving V. Virginia took place in 1967 back then normal couples were considered as two people of the same race.
Chopin is a forward thinking author who wrote for women and minorities. Racism and gender bias are problems that have continued to persist in our society despite activism attempting to rid our world of it. Identity is another problem many people have trouble muddling through. Chopin tackles relevant issues she witnessed in her lifetime of racism, gender bias, and identity issues utilizing the literary elements of foreshadowing, irony, symbolism, figures of speech, misleading of the reader, imagery, and setting; the literary devices assist in emphasizing the expectations Armand feels he must live up to because of the responsibility of his wealthy, powerful name by exacting a harsh rule on his slaves, commanding absolute supremacy over women,
Desiree’s Baby is a short story about Southern racism and the widespread abhorrence of miscegenation (the interbreeding of people considered to be of different racial types). The main theme of racism is integral to “Désirée’s Baby”, for it shows an illustration of Chopin’s time where African Americans were inferior to the whites. I researched the historical background of this time period and found out that this short story was published in 1892, twenty seven years after slavery was abolished, but placed in the era of slavery. Set in Louisiana, during the early 1900s on a white owned plantation.
“For the girl grew to be beautiful and gentle, affectionate and sincere. ”(Desiree 1) By these quote the author’s description makes the characters from the story more realistics for the reader. In “Desiree’s Baby” by Kate Chopin uses direct and indirect characterization to describe the character of Madame Valmonde, Desiree, and Armand Aubigny. Characterization is the process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character.