Symbolism In Desiree's Baby

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In the story of “Desiree’s Baby”, the author demonstrates how racism played an important role in people’s lives in the 1800’s. The author, successfully manges to get her readers to feel disturbed by the events in the story. Through characterization, structure, setting, symbolism, the reader feels touched by the story, either by relating to it at some point or when confronted with things we frequently ignore.

The author starts the story with happy images and events; she enchants the reader with fairy tales.for example a woman who cannot have children is blessed with the girl. A real fiction story becomes true when a girl who holds the burden of not knowing where she came from is now the object of desire of Armand Aubigny, a man who’s so in love that ignores the fact of her obscure past. According to Armand, “what did it matter about a name when he could give her one of the oldest and proudest in Louisiana?” Armand’s love is such that he orders an elegant basket of flowers from Paris, and impatiently waits on it to marry the woman he wants. Chopin later goes on with the fantasy in her successful attempt to soften the readers’ hearts. After her marrage Desiree has a baby and makes Armand changes from a cruel slave owner to a more patient boss. The author takes the readers to wonderland and opens their hearts with this romance in the first half of the story. The author ends the first part of the story with Desiree’s expression of her feelings at that point: “Oh
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