Kate Chopin 's Desiree 's Baby

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Kate Chopin’s “Désirée’s Baby” Many of Kate Chopin’s short stories deal with women in search of love, self-knowledge, and a sense of belonging, however, in “Désirée’s Baby” we see a much more apparent theme of miscegeny, slavery, and racism. In her critical essay on “Désirée’s Baby,” Rena Korb asserts that “Désirée’s Baby” mainly focusses on a woman seeking only a place of belonging. Upon reading “Désirée’s Baby” one could come to the conclusion that this story is much more concerned with expressing the effects of slavery and degradation of a race in all aspects of society. Désirée and Armand have their own view of African Americans especially when it comes to miscegenation, the treatment of them and even their own ideas of association with them.
Désirée has shown that she has an acceptance when it comes to miscegeny, being that she married and conceived a child with Armand. We do not see any kind of hesitation or judgment from Désirée which might suggest opposition to miscegeny. Désirée looks past Armand’s skin color and “loved him desperately” (Baym, Franklin, Levine 553). It is clear that Désirée is aware of Armand’s heritage when she says “look at my hand; whiter than yours, Armand” (Baym, Franklin, Levine 554); obviously she is not concerned about Armand’s race. Had Désirée been against miscegenation she would not have fallen in love with and gotten married to Armand. Armand on the other hand has shown that he is strongly in utter opposition of miscegeny, when he
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