“Desiree’s Baby” is a twisted and heart wrenching story that takes place during a time of great racial inequality. The Devil seems to be very busy throughout the world as he escalates situations and spews lies into the thoughts of men, tearing them from their beloved families. The story “Desiree’s Baby” summons up a very saddening irony that the prejudiced Armand learns that it was his mixed parentage and not that of his wife which produced their mixed-race child whom he detested and rejected. Desiree’s child brings both Desiree and Armand together in love. Desiree’s baby in the story plays a crucial part in Armand’s life for the few months they were together.
Armand 's character significantly changes throughout the story and the way he treats his slaves is directly related to his own personal happiness. Stated in "Desiree 's Baby," Armand changed significantly from the moment he fell in love with Desiree: "What Désirée said was true. Marriage, and later the birth of his son had softened Armand Aubigny’s imperious and exacting nature greatly," (Chopin, pg. 510). His happiness is something that changes his personality on the treatment of his slaves, but after three months pass by and he sees the difference in his child his temperament changes to: "the very spirit of Satan seemed suddenly to take hold of him and his dealings with the slaves," (511).
Chopin, wanted the reader to feel exactly how she felt about people being so racist. Armand, didn’t want to accept the baby because of the color of its skin, but little did he know it was because of him. He had owned a plantation in which his own mother was from. He was a part of the people that he had owned and treated like such crap. I feel like he should have
She believes that in his family that they had black somewhere down the line . In the end of the story Armand had found out he was black and it wasn 't his wife . For example it states in page 4 “But, above all,” she wrote, “night and day, I thank the good God for having so arranged our lives that our dear Armand will never know that his mother, who adores him, belongs to the race that is cursed with the brand of slavery.” This shows Armand didn 't know much about his family . He was really young and he didn 't know the colors of people he just saw whites and blacks and he was closer to the
However this did not end pretty well due to the fact that Dominick her boyfriend saw what was happening and he got into a fight with Richard. As it relates to Richard he apologized to Andreide realizing that his actions were wrong towards her. By using racism in the novel the
Chopin writes a prime example of this dictation when she explains how his pride becomes damaged after his conscious draws him into believing that Désirée’s origins lie within black genetics. The letter from his mother to his father further damages his pride, in which he discovers that he is not purely white, but this revelation appears to have no effect on the way he treats his slaves. In her short story, Chopin uses the literary devices of characterization, irony, foreshadowing, and inferences to explain the origins of Armand’s racism and hatred for people of color and how the people throughout his life, primarily his wife and his father, molded him into the antagonist he is portrayed as. Chopin begins Armand’s characterization by explaining that prior to marrying Désirée and the birth of his son, he was considered to be a strict slave owner and this strictness brought misery upon his
You feel lost, sick at heart before unmasked hatred, not so much because it threatens you as because it shows humans in such an inhuman light.” (Griffin 54). This sends the message of the hatred that is on the blacks from the whites that is unhidden. He mentions that “you feel lost” (Griffin 54). The words describe how unwanted and threatened the blacks feel. Though he knew his journey would be difficult, Griffin was surprised by the hostile acts of the whites.
It shows new generation how African-Americans were treated so poorly and how they were thought of too. They were thought of as uneducated and stupid and they also didn’t have the right to any social, economic, or political rights because of this. If the N-word wasn’t in this book or if it was ever removed it wouldn’t actually display how African-Americans were seen or treated. Other races were always thought to be better simply because of the society. In the book Huck plays a trick on Jim but later starts to regret it because he has started to see Jim as more than just a “nigger” but as a friend.
He is using terms flabby or too lean to describe the people 's faces. These negative comments show a sign that he has let his racist 's feelings prejudge the people before having the opportunity to get to know them. The negative comments are used to tear others down and to build others up. People were afraid to take the time to get to know someone because they didn 't want others to discriminate against them. He looked down on the white slaves even though they could eventually pay off their debt and no longer be a
There so call “father” is a villain wanting to steal the moon. The whole reason he turned to a villain anyway was because of his mother. He also gets his villainy from his mother because she was kind of mean and evil since she wasn’t impressed by anything he did and it also seemed as if she didn’t love him. From Gru being neglected and him not feeling like he was loved certainly hurt him really sad inside. Gru is certainly wanting to prove himself and he sure did except he proved how bad of a villain he is.
The North was to blame because they became unwilling to help the freedmen. The North was beginning to think that blacks were not up to the challenge of becoming politicians. The people that had fought an entire war to free the slaves were now backing away. They were foolishly believing that the freedmen were lazy, arrogant fat cats. (Richardson, 517) The North knew it was wrong and false but they believed it anyway.