The Baby’s Parents In a period, such as the antebellum, a multitude of factors shaped the lives of men and women. Movements for abolition caused tensions in the south for slaves and large farmers, while the women’s suffrage movement began to alter the roles of women in America. In "Desiree 's Baby", Chopin illustrates how race, social conformity and gender roles are themes that dictate the character development of Armand and Desiree. In This story, Armand is a highly dynamic character, and his actions are heavily dependent upon racial conflict. This internal conflict is seen throughout the story and it affects his relationship with his slaves as well as his wife, Desiree.
Harriet Jacobs’ "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself" is a classic work of American literature due to its significance and conscious artistry. Its significance comes from its contribution of a female perspective to the slave narrative and its ability to make Americans remember their role in slavery. Harriet Jacobs then displayed conscious artistry by confronting the practice of sexual abuse by male slave owners and then directly addressing her female readers in order to gain their sympathy towards the female slave experience. This combination of significance and conscious artistry has made “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself" a continued hallmark of literature. By using the female point of view in her work "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself", Harriet Jacobs transformed the classic slave narrative.
Mayella Ewell comes from a poor family who is viewed in the Maycomb society as “white trash.” The Finch family has to face harsh criticism in the heavily racist Maycomb because of Atticus decision to help Tom. The soundtrack of the movie is important so the songs I choose are “Strange Fruit”, “Tearin’ up My Heart”, and “Eye of the Sparrow” which are good choices for the soundtrack. The first song I choose is “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday. It is a dark profound song about the lynching of African Americans in the southern United States during the Jim Crow Era. It was a protest song that Billie Holiday very rarely performed due to threats.
Racial discrimination is a common act seen throughout many short stories; old and new. Kate Chopin wrote "Desiree's baby" within a heavily segregated time and location, which played a major role in the development of one of her themes, that is; betrayal. "Desiree's baby" took place in Creole, Louisiana: a well-known area of the Antebellum South where miscegenation was largely criticized, and was written during the mid-nineteenth century, prior to the American civil war. This short story is a primary example of how segregation can lead to the abandonment of loved ones. Chopin portrays the effect of racial prejudice through Desiree, Armand, and their child; for they all experience betrayal and brokenness as a result of the racial indifferences
Buckley used Bigger’s upbringing and race as a way to highlight a reason why he made those bad choices. Bigger grew up in a society that discriminated against blacks where he was taught to respect and fear whites. He grew up in a stereotypical negro homelife. Bigger’s family consists of a mother who cannot cope with how unrealistic society 's values are for her children, a sister who fears life, a brother who waits for bigger to be the man he feels he should be, and no father or father figure, and finally a broken family who lived in poverty. Bigger’s family is anxious to see him prove himself while working for a wealthy white man.
Wendell Berry’s poem, "My Great-Grandfather’s Slaves”, details his emotional enslavement to and relentless guilt about his great-grandfather’s slaves. He is extremely remorseful because his own family owned and mistreated other people. Berry feels personally connected to and responsible for the slaves. His shame is evident through his usage of literary devices like metaphors, irony, repetition, and juxtaposition. Berry’s powerful poem captures his true shame and emotional turmoil.
Armand may be seen as hypocritical here because “ He has treated his slaves with violence and cruelty based on the color of their skin, and now he must face the fact that he is part African American himself” (“Irony in Desiree’s Baby”…1). This plot twist is somewhat beautiful in a tragic way because it leaves the readers in shock and the antagonist is in complete dismay. Armand could of had a beautiful life with a loving family but he chose to let lineage destroy their future. Desiree loved him madly but as soon as he thought she was part African American he got rid of her. The greatest part of this
Not only their but also the stories of all the other slaves that were not able to tell their story themselves, about the suffering that the faced day in and day out at the hands of their oppressors. It also said to the nation that they should be ashamed of how they were treating these people, demanded that they do something about the injustice that black people faced and to remember this as a part of history. As Frederick Douglass warned in an 1884 speech, “It is not well to forget the past. The past is…the mirror in which we may discern the dim outlines of the future and by which we make them more symmetrical.”(Blight, pg. 9).
For one, the narrator describes that "MR. FLINT was hard pushed for house servants, and rather than lose me he had restrained his malice," indicating that the white slave owner has an ill-will and harsh to the slave. Because the author was an African American slave, she might use "malice" to express her anger toward the whites. Moreover, since the author of "An occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" was an advocate of the Union he was cynical to his protagonists who supporting the Confederate. "No service was too humble for him to perform in the aid of the South, no adventure too perilous for him to undertake if consistent with the character of a civilian who was at heart a soldier, and who in good faith and without too much qualification assented to at least a part of the frankly villainous dictum that all is fair in love and war" (Bierce 608) shows the opinion of the author. He believes that the proverb "all is fair in love and war" is "frankly villainous", implying that the protagonist supporting the Confederate is
Throughout “Désirée’s Baby” by Kate Chopin, slavery and racism play a massive role in how the characters, particularly Armand Aubigny, interact with one another. In Armand’s case, he believes that he holds one of the oldest, proudest, and whitest names in nineteenth century Louisiana. The pride cached within the Aubigny legacy comes to dictate his life and virtually every drastic decision he makes; he appears to live in constant fear of having his name tarnished. His reputation and pride are established as his driving force, but also contribute to a hatred of anyone who is colored. He wills a strict and ominous slave ownership into reality as a result of this irrational fear and overabundance of pride.