Essay on Desiree's Baby by Kate Chopin

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Desiree's Baby by Kate Chopin

Desiree's Baby is a short story written by Kate Chopin. It is set in 19th century Louisiana. The story starts with Madame Valmondé going to visit Desirée and her baby. She thinks back on her memories of Désirée as a baby: "It made her laugh to think of Désirée with a baby. Why it seemed but yesterday that Desirée was little more than a baby herself." This quote tells us two things. The first is that Madame Valmondé must have known Désirée as a child and is either a close family friend of even a member of the family herself. The second thing is that Désirée is young. The word "baby" could either mean childlike or physically young. Désirée seemed
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His home is described as being sad looking and quite dreary. The second paragraph of page 67 gives the reader a description of the type of home Armand owns. There are muslins, a couch decorated with laces, there are also slaves. Madame Valmondé´s first reaction to the baby was one of shock and astonishment: "This is not the baby!" Theoretically this isn't very significant because babies tend to grow very quickly and their outward appearance can change very fast. The eighth paragraph on this page gives us a hint at why Madame Valmondé was so startled when she first saw the baby. "Madame Valmondé had never removed her eyes from the child. She lifted it and walked with it over to the window that was lightest. She scanned the baby narrowly, then looked as searchingly at Zandrine, whose face was turned to gaze across the fields." This is a very important point. Madame Valmondé has noticed something different about the baby. The fact that she didn't take her eyes off the baby verifies this. She then takes the baby over to the window "that was lightest". This could mean either that the room was a bit gloomy, like the rest of Armand's home, or there was something about the boy that just didn't look "right". When Madame Valmondé looks over at the black slave, this gives us the biggest clue to what is different about
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