Race And Ethnicity In Désirée's Baby By Kate Chopin

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Kate Chopin is the author of “Désirée’s Baby.” Chopin was born in St. Louis, Missouri but later on in life she moved to New Orleans, Louisiana. Chopin was raised by her mother only after her father passed away. Once she left Louisiana and moved back to Missouri, she started to write some stories about people she knew back in Louisiana. This particular narrative she wrote focused on the importance of race and how it can impact people’s lives. The significance of ethnicity has always been a popular issue. This story would be found interesting for those who can either relate to it, or for those who like reading stories that involve ethnicity. Most people do not realize there could be bad consequences when misjudging others because of their race. This story is primarily about that. Kate Chopin’s “Désirée’s Baby” suggests race is a measure of a person, warning readers not to misjudge others based on their ethnicity. Kate Chopin’s narrative demonstrates the importance of someone 's ethnicity. Désirée was found as a toddler by her mother, Madame Valmondé, in the streets of Louisiana. Her background was never really a concern to her mother, so that remained a mystery. Armand Aubigny is the man Désirée falls in love with and marries. They have a baby together, whom brings problems to the family. Once the young boy starts growing up, Désirée’s mother and Armand start to notice that the baby is not white. The baby has a yellow toned skin, which leads Armand to believe the woman he

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