Symbolism And Symbolism In Desiree's Baby By Kate Chopin

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“Desiree’s Baby” is a short story written by Kate Chopin. The story is about a girl named Desiree who married Armand Aubigny. They had a child and everything seemed to be fine,as time passed, the baby’s skin color started darkening a little. Armand said it was Desiree’s fault. Since her origin was unknown, Armand came to conclusion that she had black blood. Desiree went to her mother’s home with the child leaving Armand alone. Armand decided to burn all of her belongings. As he was surrounded by the bonfire, he went through some letters. One of those was an old letter which was from his mother to his father. She mentioned that she was grateful that Armand would never find out that his mother belongs to the race that is cursed with the brand of slavery. It turned out that Armand had the black gene that caused his son’s skin to be darker, not because of Desiree even though that nobody knew her origins. The author uses symbols, theme, and irony to develop the short story. A symbol is a letter, figure, or other character or mark or a combination of letters or the like used to designate something (Dictionary). The symbols in the short story is a representation of some acts or events occured within the story and also displays some assumptions made. The first symbol is …show more content…

This helps show the main points and helps give the reader a better understanding. All of the information displays literary analysis shown in the story which lets us know the implications to each event that occured. Due to Armand not knowing his wife’s descendants nor her origin he came with the conclusion of her being the cause of “his life being ruined” as he mentioned in the story. Armand is left feeling guilty when he finds a letter from his mother to his father stating that she is the one with black heritage. After reading the letter he knows that it was never Desiree’s fault of their son having a darker skin

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