Kate Chopin’s writing often consists of topics not necessarily thought as acceptable by her society. During Chopin's time women often remained home receiving credit for nothing at all. Women often were presumed as having no true value.Through her writing, Chopin gives women a new role in life. Her stories give a view into the daily struggles women 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 become an object and not really
Kate Chopin uses the theme of identity in “Desiree's Baby” to show the reader status plays a big role in how the characters are looked at. In “Desiree’s …show more content…
In “Desiree’s Baby” Kate Chopin states, “Why, it seemed but yesterday that Desiree was little more than a baby herself; while Monsieur in riding through the gateway of Valmonde had found her lying asleep in the shadow of the big stone pillar” (Chopin 1). Madame Valmonde raised Desiree from the time she was a baby to now. It was not very long ago when she found Desiree laying up against the pillar with no chance at life. She could not believe that Desiree was now old enough to have a child of her own it seemed like she was still a child herself. Madame Valmonde allowed her to be able to have a normal life like other kids. She allowed her a chance to restart and know what true love really meant. Chopin allows the reader to be able to learn that without the help of Madame Valmonde there would be no story to tell for Desiree may never have even lived to be seventeen. Something readers learn is that during the story's time period people got married and have kids at alot younger age than you would expect. In “The Fiction of Limits; ‘Desiree’s Baby’” Cynthia Wolff states, “Desiree is presumed to have been left by a party of Texans- pioneers en route to the territory whose slave policies were so bitterly contested when it was annexed that they proved to be a significant precursor to the Civil War that followed” (Wolff 94). It is believed her parents left her as they embarked on their …show more content…
Chopin was overall known for her use of local color writing. In “Critical Essay on ‘Desiree’s Baby’”, Rena Korb states, “While reviewers and readers of Chopin’s day lauded the story, most emphasized Chopin’s ability to bring to life the bayou Louisiana that she knew so well. Critics today find ‘Desiree’s Baby’ a rich text filled with universal themes and careful authorial technique. As Robert D. Arner writes of the story, it is ‘one of the best of its kind in American Literature.’” (Korb 78) Chopin used local color to bring life to her stories. By using strong details about the bayou readers who have never experienced the bayou have a better understanding about the conditions in which the characters lived in daily. Kate is often seen as a local color writer because of her references to the French and Creoles who are people of Spanish and French descendent. In “Desiree’s Baby” Kate Chopin states,
Madame Valmonde had not seen Desiree and the baby for four weeks. When she reached L’Abri she shuddered at the first sight of it, as she always did. It was a sad looking place, which for many years had not known the gentle presence of a mistress, old Monsieur Aubigny having married and buried his wife in France, and she having loved her own land too well to ever leave it. (Chopin
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Finally, the short story ended with the words from his mother’s letter that told us that he was part black. His baby was a different color because of him not because of Desiree. Armand, had not wanted Desiree because of the thought that she was the reason why his child was a different color. The ending of the book leaves one’s thinking how they ended up after the letter. Chopin, wanted the reader to feel exactly how she felt about people being so racist.
Desiree says good-bye to Armand and goes to the deserted field with her child and never came back. Armand was burning all of Desiree’s and the child’s materials into the bonfire. Then he found some letters from Desiree, but one was from his mother to his father, the letter said that she was grateful that Armand would never find out his mother was of slave heritage (Chopin). In “Desiree’s Baby, “ Kate Chopin uses imagery, foreshadowing and allusion to develop the ominos, mystery and sad story.
Desiree walks through harsh land only to find herself in a swamp. Building the tension was a great way to end the story. By using foreshadowing it's easy to tell a good story by getting the reader hooked on what will happen next or what will the character do next. Kate Chopin easily gets the reader to think, to want to know what will happen next. Chopin’s foreshadowing doesn't
Finally, Chopin represents how women are at liberty of men through blame. At this point in the story Desiree was on the verge of realizing the truth about her baby, and therefore that was putting strain on her relationship. This strain is illustrated when the story states “He absented himself from home; and when there, avoided her presence and that of her child, without excuse... Desiree was miserable enough to die.” (3).
“Desiree’s Baby was written by Kate Chopin and she talks about the issues people had back then with racism and gender. She demonstrated those problems by using literary devices such as symbols, conflict, and irony. I advise everyone to read this story for the fact this kind of conflict is still happening today and we need to work together for a change. Overall this was a great story and it teaches you many great lessons. Take a look
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.
Arnold David Arnold Hensley English 11/ Fifth Period 27 February 2018 Part 12: Rough Draft #1 In Kate Chopin’s “Desiree’s Baby” one will notice Chopin’s well known use of racism and local color in the story. With the story taking place in the deep South prior to the Civil War the reader will start to notice racism being incorporated into the story. Chopin uses this theme to show how crooked some people’s morals are in this time period.
“Desiree’s Baby” is a short story by Kate Chopin. “Desiree’s baby” is a story about a family in the era where the colored were neglected and treated poorly. Desiree was abandoned and left as a baby. When she was adopted she grew up in a very wealthy family. Armand and Desiree have known each other ever since they were little so when they grew up they got married.
One of the many short stories by Kate Chopin is “Desiree’s Baby.” In this story, Desiree was found as a toddler under the shadow of a stone pillar by Monsieur Valmonde. He and his wife took the child in and years later, under the same shadow of the stone pillar, Desiree met her husband, Armand Aubigny. Not long after marriage, they had a child. Soon after the baby was born, Armand uncharacteristically became nice to all around him including his slaves.
Analysis of Symbolism in Desiree’s Baby Set in antebellum Louisiana, Desiree’s Baby tells the story of a couple and how a relationship went south very quickly. Desiree’s Baby gives the reader an idea of how women were treated in the 1850’s and touches on the treatment of slaves Pre-Civil War. In this analysis of Kate Chopin’s, Desiree’s Baby, the symbolism of the treatment of the slaves, the deserted field, and the bonfire all signify more than they let on in the story.
An analysis of Kate Chopin’s “Desiree’s Baby” shows the ways in which gender inequality, class and race play a large theme in mid-nineteenth century Southern culture. The gender inequality Chopin insinuates in her story is one that women still battle today. By buying Desiree corbeille gifts and fine clothes, she is treated as a possession by Armand. He seems to believe that by gifting these items to her, he can buy her – and her love.
“Desiree’s Baby”, is a short story written by Kate Chopin. This short story is about a woman named Desiree, abandoned at a very young age, who grew up to fall in love with Armand Aubigny. Armand was born into a very wealthy family, who fell in love easily, very strict and owners of slaves. Desiree then conceived Armand’s child, who instantly changed the way he thought once the child was born. Desiree’s mother, Madame Valmonde, was scheduled to see the baby in L’Abri since she had not seen it in four weeks.
During the era in which this short story was written, southern authors had a major influence on the way the culture was going to grow with racism, and also the way people loved each other. Kate Chopin, a traditional author who believed in southern ways, exemplifies how race and the characteristics of conditional love played a role in her story. In “Desiree’s Baby,” the author, Kate Chopin, provides an illustration of conditional love exemplified by the character, Armand, towards his wife and child; furthermore, Chopin provides instances of irony, elements of surprise, foreshadowing, and symbolism to prove that Armand’s love for both of them was not the unconditional love typically felt and portrayed by women, such as Desiree, during this era. Throughout the story, the readers notice different times where Chopin uses elements of surprise. One major surprise is when Armand opens the letter from his mother and finds out that he has African American in his bloodline.
The story also argues that freedom is a very powerful force that affects the mental or emotional state of a person. Chopin argues that only through death can one be finally freed. The author makes strong, yet subtle statements towards humanity and women’s rights. Through subtle symbolism, Kate Chopin demonstrates how marriage is more like a confining role of servitude rather than a
Her characteristics can be described differently before and after various turning points in the short story. Since Desiree is the centerpiece of Chopin’s literary work, it is obvious that she must develop in some way to make the story what it