“Desiree’s Baby” is a short story written by Kate Chopin. In “Desiree’s Baby,” Desiree is found by the Valmonde’s family, not knowing what her origin was, they took her in. Desiree grew into a gentle and loving young woman. The young owner of the neighboring plantation, Armand Aubigny, fell in love with her at first sight. Armand Aubigny and Desiree got married and had a child together.As the child was three months old, Desiree notice a difference in Armands behaviour, he was distancing from Desiree and the child.
She considers her race “cursed with the brand of slavery” (Chopin. Par 6), and she is quite glad that her own child will never find out that his mother was black. The slave mindset runs deep in everyone's thoughts that the understanding of how to appropriately distinguish and process their status, their value, and their humanity of blacks and whites. Racism not only operates in the white society against blacks, but among blacks themselves. They have internally made differences that in fact end up damaging white men like Armand
The short story, “Desiree’s Baby”, by Kate Chopin addresses several issues that played a major role in the Antebellum South. Desiree, abandoned as a child, receives new hope when she is found and raised by Madame Valmonde. At a young age, Desiree quickly falls in love with Armand, who would later cause destruction and misery in their marriage. With the birth of their child, Armand and Desiree face racial tensions and conflicts within themselves. Throughout the story, Chopin shows the prominent role reputation plays in shaping the characters, setting, and conflicts.
Maternal Love in different characters of “A Mercy” “A Mercy” is a novel written by Toni Morrison. The connection between mother and child is clear throughout the story. From different women characters, including Floren’s mother, Floren, Sorrow, and Lina, readers can see and relate how each character expresses and interacts in the sense of motherhood. In the story, Florens is a young slave who is exchanged for money to Jacob. Since her mother offers her to Jacob, she seems to live her entire life thinking that her mother does not love her unlike her brother.
Liz Lewis, for example in Moral ambiguity in Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Jazz, argues that, “Beloved reflects how in such a society allowing oneself to love is dangerous practice doomed to heartache.” (2) The slaves somehow did not have the ability to love anyone. Motherliness and familial relations were treated as void that was taken for granted; as the families of slaves were frequently separated and alienated. Their family members were put up for sale and the women slaves were
Benny and Ellen, however, were sold by Dr. Flint as retaliation against Jacobs, who refused to subject to Dr. Flints, sexual advances. This event would spark the encouragement Jacobs needs to the break free from the bondage that separated a mother and her children. Jacobs escapes the plantation and confines herself to a small attic inside her maternal grandmother’s home. Although the living arrangements were of discomfort, from the attic Jacobs was able to watch over her children, which gave her great peace and satisfaction. After seven years hiding in an attic, Jacobs escapes the plantation and head North to New York, where she soon come to realize minimal progress in the treatment of free slaves, including her Ellen, who has not been
Amy March (My Mouse): Amy was the youngest of the March`s daughters and her character was based on May Alcott, who achieve early success as an artist in Europe before dying of childbirth complications. As the other members of the March`s family is shown throughout flashbacks and letters written by Mr. March to his family. When Mr. March is referring to Amy, he called her as My Mouse. Ethan Canning: he was an Illinois attorney who has leased widow’s plantation (Oak Landing), the southern plantation where March comes to teach the slaves. When March arrives, he observes Canning’s cruel treatment of his workers.
The novel scarlet letter was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. He wanted to expose the immorality that was committed by two parents of a daughter called Pearl. Nathaniel's novel explores the hypocrisy in puritan societies. The novel tells a story of Hester Prynne and her daughter. Hester having committed adultery and tries all what she can so as to ensure that she live of repentance and dignity.
Hester has a daughter as a result of the affair. She names her daughter Pearl. But then comes Chillingworth which causes some conflict. Hester has come to love Dimmesdale and doesn't know wether to stay with Chillingworth or run away with Dimmesdale and Pearl. Hesters adultery and wearing of the scarlet letter affects Pearl because she is born from sin, she has no father figure, and she is isolated.
Chopin writes a prime example of this dictation when she explains how his pride becomes damaged after his conscious draws him into believing that Désirée’s origins lie within black genetics. The letter from his mother to his father further damages his pride, in which he discovers that he is not purely white, but this revelation appears to have no effect on the way he treats his slaves. In her short story, Chopin uses the literary devices of characterization, irony, foreshadowing, and inferences to explain the origins of Armand’s racism and hatred for people of color and how the people throughout his life, primarily his wife and his father, molded him into the antagonist he is portrayed as. Chopin begins Armand’s characterization by explaining that prior to marrying Désirée and the birth of his son, he was considered to be a strict slave owner and this strictness brought misery upon his