As was expected of the time, plantation owner’s had to broadcast certain opinions about people of color. This derogatory view become a standard for the South and other opinions that differed from this were frowned upon. Kate Chopin, in her story Desiree’s Baby describes a letter about Armand’s race, “’But, above all,’ she wrote, ‘night and day, 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’” (Chopin, 4). Armand was raised white, his father keeping his black mother a secret from the world. We can piece together information to infer that not every person in the South held black people in such a deprecating way.
Chopin writes a prime example of this dictation when she explains how his pride is damaged after he is drawn into believing that Désirée is partially black. His pride is even further damaged when he discovers that he is not purely white, but this revelation has no effect on the way he treats his slaves. In her short story,
Satire is once again used to portray slavery in this novel. For instances, Huck’s father Pap should have been protecting Huck instead of being drunk and abusing Huck. On the other hand, Jim who was a negro slave has more compassion and consideration towards Huck. This shows the foolishness of slavery. Because of Slavery prevalent in that period of time, the slaves were considered to be “mere property” without any emotions or personalities.
A Woman Lost in a Patriarchal Society Feminism and gender differences contribute a major role in the works of authors from the 18th and 19th century. During that point in history, women were essentially treated as second-class citizens without the ability to do anything less they faced judgment and ostracization from members of society. Women were not allowed to vote, own property nor be accepted into prominent leading positions. Instead, many were required to stay in the home and care for the family which mainly included the well being of their husband. Women lacked the freedom and independence they not only wanted but needed due to a society run patriarchal views that hindered the growth of women.
Defenders of slavery argued that slavery was not bad for slaves, but Douglass argues that it is terrible. One way it is terrible for a slave is that they're taken from their parents. Douglass is not sure who his father is but he guesses it is the master. he is separated from his mother and he only saw her at night. Douglass says that his master tries to “blunt and destroy the natural affection of the mother for the child” (1.3).
Kate Chopin often wrote about topics that were not necessarily thought to be acceptable by her society. Women of Chopin’s time were not given very much credit for anything. They were looked down upon as if they had no true value. Through writing Chopin gives women a new role in life. Her stories give a look into the life of some women actually go through.
Desiree, the protagonist in a feminist short story defies the life of African American people, and women during the time period she wrote. Kate Chopin wrote “Desiree’s Baby” when roles for women were initially challenged for their freedom. In “Desiree’s Baby” Armand accuses Desiree of not being fully white. However, Armand later on finds out that it is he who has negro in his blood. Desiree finds herself relieved to find out that it was not her that had negro in her blood.
Kate Chopin was an engaged lady who lived in a period where ladies were seen as property without a voice. She utilized her books, for example, The Awakening to demonstrate her strengthening and give a lady a voice, so they could feel free from the social standards of that time. Not at all like male journalists, her perspectives on political issues were not acknowledged by everybody. Kate Chopin was something other than an essayist, she was an enabled lady who needed to give ladies a voice as American writing. Kate Chopin was a women's activist author who composed fundamentally about battles ladies experienced in the contemporary society.
This particular story “Desiree’s Baby” contains situational irony. Situational irony is having an expectation for something to go a certain way, but does not. In situational irony the audience is expecting a certain outcome, but the outcome becomes unlike how the audience expected. Ironically Armand, who was half black, was a slave owner not to mention had a hatred for slaves. Armand suspects his wife and child were of African blood.
Thomas Jefferson, the great president and the writer of the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson did not expect the Declaration of Independence to end slavery, his slavery clause indicates his distaste for the growth of the institution of slavery and yet his actions are inconsistent related to slavery. He tried to get the slave trade abolished, yet he owned slaves, it has been said he had a sexual relationship with one of his slaves, and he used them for his plantations. Why did he go through the trouble to even stop slaves when he owned so many? The committee writing the Declaration of Independence was John Adams, Ben Franklin, Roger Sherman, Robert R. Livingston, and Thomas Jefferson.
It dehumanized numerous of people, creating them into basic merchandise. The emotion of caring was given little to none. They were used until they were seen as useless, as if they had expiring dates stamped on them. Various slave owners saw slavery as not only a beneficial empire, as well as, a religious factor of society. On the contrary, in today’s society slavery is morally wrong
Beliefs could be considered an essence of what makes people human, the belief in a higher power, or the lack thereof. Relating to Douglass declaring, “Is there any God? Why am I a slave.”(10) Douglass alludes to the Israelites in the Old Testament, who constantly complain about God not helping them, but Douglass uses this allusion ironically, believing he won’t get help with or without complaining, because he has had past masters who claimed to be very religiously good people. Douglass questions the existence of any God because of religious slaveholders, beginning to have a lack of a belief in God due to the slavery system as a whole, as many other slaves had too. This subtle break in of humanism due to slavery properly illustrates just how beliefs start to fall apart, and focus more on attaining freedom before heavenly affinity.