Symbolic Elements in Desiree’s Baby by Chopin and Sweat by Hurston

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I choose symbolism for the stories Desiree’s Baby and Sweat. For Desirees’ Baby , I choose the stone pillar, Armand’s bonfire, the yellow nurse, and L’ Abri. The stone pillar symbolizes Desiree’s unknown past and future; Armand’s bonfire symbolizes Armand’s act of erasing everything of Desiree and their baby; the yellow nurse symbolizes the color of the mixed baby; and finally L’Abri, symbolizes the secrecy of the plantation and of Armand’s past. The symbols I choose for Sweat are white clothes, the snake, the whip and slavery. Desiree’s Baby starts out with Desiree and the baby not being seen by Madame Valmonde. They were gone for four weeks. They come back and Desiree goes to sleep with the baby in her arms. Madame takes a…show more content…
Another symbol I saw in Desiree’s Baby was the yellow nurse woman who is of a different race, making note to the reader that on the plantation, back in that day, that not all were white there. The yellow nurse is a symbol of Desiree’s baby not being white and of being a mixed color, which is what the plot of the story was about. There are many areas and houses that can be scary, maybe even haunted, but theres one place that is pretty scary, which would be L’Abri. Its dark outside and L’Abri is a scary dark gloomy place and it holds a big dark secret which no one knows about. This is another symbol, in Desiree’s Baby. A big dark secret, being of which, is a symbol that no one knows, not even Armand of himself being of a mixed race. In the story, when the baby cries Armand says that he can hear the baby’s cries from La Blanches, which brings up the question, why is Armand over at the La Blanches? Does that mean that he might be fooling around with his slaves? If Armand is fooling around with his slaves, i think that might send the slaves a mixed signal as to where Armand stands with his slaves. To be cool and playful with them in the dark just to be treated badly when people are around. If you treat them good when noone is around, then just treat the slaves right like you'd want if you were a slave in that time period. The short story “Sweat” starts out with Delia washing white

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