Kate Chopin 's The Desiree 's Baby

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Desiree’s Relationships in Chopin’s Desiree’s Baby In the short story Desiree’s Baby by Kate Chopin, the titular character is the wife of slave owner Armand and the new mother of a baby boy. The story follows Desiree as she finds out that her baby is of mixed ethnic background, and the aftermath of having a mixed-race baby in the 1800’s. In regards to the relationships between Desiree and other supporting characters, only one aspect remains constant; tension. While the relationships between Desiree and her husband, her mother, and her son are all extremely different, personal tension is featured often enough to be noteworthy. Armand Aubigny is a racist, partially African-American, and the owner of a slave plantation living in Louisiana in the 1800’s. He took the plantation over from his father when he passed away, and the atmosphere changed drastically along with the ownership. Armand’s operation was described as being much stricter than his fathers, which is also a reflection into his personality. The author, Kate Chopin, uses this phrase to describe Armand: “When he frowned she trembled, but loved him…But Armand 's dark, handsome face had not often been disfigured by frowns since the day he fell in love with her” (152). This suggests the possibility of the presence of domestic violence in their relationship, which would not have been uncommon for a 19th century slave owner, yet speaks to tone of their relationship. After their son’s birth, Armand’s overall personality
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