Jane Chopin: Racism And Identity

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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, and casting away the wife and child he supposedly once loved so much even though he himself is partially black one.
While Armand’s father possesses a more lax rule over his slaves, “Young Aubigny’s rule was a strict one, too, and under it his negroes had forgotten how to be gay, as they had been during the old master’s easy-going and indulgent lifetime.” High amounts of respect is given to dominant, in charge men especially during the Antebellum time period which is when this short story took place. Armand’s father has won the respect of his peers, but the young Aubigny feels as though he has to prove that he is worthy of his surname. Under the enormous pressure of living up to the high expectations of his family name, he does what he

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