Racism In Kate Chopin's Symbolism

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Throughout the antebellum era separation of whites and blacks was the usual among plantations dotted along the South. Until more recent times, slavery was not frowned upon, and the ideas of men have been help to higher stature those of women. Kate Chopin introduces a continuation of themes surrounding the general theme of racism by her use of irony, foreshadowing, and symbolism to ultimately prove to the reader throughout the story that Armond is aware of his African American lineage from the beginning of the plot, to the chilling ending of his “discovery.” Progressing through the story it is evident that Chopin is trying to convey the idea that Armand is aware of his roots. It is not evident until the end however that he is aware of his leaked information when he stumbles upon an old letter from his mother to his father. Armand’s mother states, “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.” As armands mother said that he would never know his lineage, one can only assume from the fiery end that Armand will burn the letter in the blaze of former memories, and carry on with his life because of the harshness he displays on a regular basis. This letter has no effect on Armand as he in his wrath will more than likely destroy the evidence of his lineage in order to keep his nose clean. Based on Armand’s solution for Desiree’s

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