Examples Of Irony In Desiree's Baby

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Surely, only an opposing, selfish, and insensitive person could send their wife and child away upon realizing that they both were mixed race. In Kate Chopin’s “Desiree’s Baby”, however, protagonist, Desiree, is altered over just a few days as she goes from being thankful from the happiness of her husband and baby into saddened and betrayed by her lover. The story eventfully shows how racism and denial both play a part in the way the future may turn out. From the time that the story begins, one can see that the love between Armand and Desiree is what they say to be a dream come true. It’s the love that everyone asks for. This is shown when Kate writes, “He was reminded that she was nameless. What did it matter about a name when he could give her one of the oldest and proudest in Louisiana?”(Chopin. Par 1). This shoes that Armand wanted to love Desiree and give her what she needed. Monsieur Valmondé gave Armand a chance to explore more into…show more content…
This is shown when Armand’s mother writes, ‘“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,”’(Chopin. Par 6). This shows how Armand was racially mixed himself. Armand's mother's words show the degree to which the American racial tension has conquered even the black mind. She considers her race “cursed with the brand of slavery” (Chopin. Par 6), and she is quite glad that her own child will never find out that his mother was black. The slave mindset runs deep in everyone's thoughts that the understanding of how to appropriately distinguish and process their status, their value, and their humanity of blacks and whites. Racism not only operates in the white society against blacks, but among blacks themselves. They have internally made differences that in fact end up damaging white men like Armand
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