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Themes Of Love And Portrayation In 'Desiree's Baby'

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In Chopin’s “Desiree’s Baby,” we see themes of love and betrayal scattered throughout the text. We are shown images that represent these themes in different ways, but these images showcase what it meant to live in rural Louisiana at that time. Because of the way Chopin wrote this text, we are able to evaluate what love meant in this time period and discover the thin line between love and betrayal, and how racism plays into these images.
Chopin touches on a lot of different areas in this short story, but an image that stood out in the theme of love was found in the third paragraph. Chopin’s character Madame Valmonde states:
“That was the way all the Aubignys fell in love, as if struck by a pistol shot. The wonder was that he [Armand] had not loved her before; for he had known her since his father brought him home form Paris, a boy of eight, after his mother died there. The passion that awoke in him that day, when he saw her at the fate, swept along like an avalanche, or like a prairie fire, or like anything that drives headlong over all obstacles.”
In this quote, we see images of love and how love is given to Desiree in the beginning. Armand fell in love with Desiree quickly and this prompted them to get married quickly as well. Within this theme of love, we see how quickly things moved during this time period. Regarding this, it brings the question of if Armand thought clearly about his decision to marry Desiree. The text states, “Armand looked into her eyes and did not
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