Analysis Of Kate Chopin 's ' Desiree 's Baby '

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Kendavid Stenhouse
Professor Perkins
English 204
3 October 2017
Racial Identity
James A. Forbes say, “When people rely on surfaces appearances and false stereotypes rather than in-depth knowledge/[the] understanding of people are compromised.” Kate Chopin’s story, “Desiree’s Baby” is a story solely of racial identity, sexism, pride and love. Throughout, there’s symbolism to indicate unequal gender functions, as well as racial prejudice. Readers become mindful of the effects love and pride has over actions, as the story foreshadows numerously. Thoroughly, analytical evidence will focus on the irony of racial identity, symbolism of sexism, pride and love.
Desiree’s Baby is a short story centered directly upon human relationships during the
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During the time, individuals’ backgrounds determined marriages. Referring to the thesis, effects of love over actions are ironized in the story, as Armand cautiously shows passion for Desiree while hastily ignoring her background; intentionally marrying and having a baby with Desiree.
Racial identity is portrayed heavily in Desiree’s Baby. Desiree’s Baby sets prior to the Civil War, a time were slavery is imposed and interracial relationships are denounced. Armand is a slave owner, who’s denying the rights of African Americans. Desiree care from the waiting nurse, is assumed to be a slave, pertaining to the slave land, which is a depiction of racial identity. Chopin’s uses an offensive term “quadroon” which indicates a person that’s one quarter black by descent, as Desiree related to the nurse as yellow (indicates a light skinned black person). Though Valmonde cautioned Armand of Desiree’s background, Madame Valmonde exclaimed, “This is not the baby!” Madame; astonished of the baby’s aspect, sees the baby differently from Desiree. Chopin writes, “She lifted it and walked with it over to the window that was lightest,” an interpretation the narrator creates for the readers to mean exactly that or the contrast to the skin tone of the baby.

Though Armand loves Desiree, Armand love is questioned. Desiree creates the assumption that there’s love between the father and baby. Questioning stems from the hatred and sudden
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