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Analysis Of Desiree Baby By Kate Chopin

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“Desiree Baby” by Kate Chopin is a very thought provoking short story that deals with racism, prejudice, and love. The story takes place in southern Louisiana, where Armand, a prominent landowner, marries a girl of unknown origin named Desiree. The story has a twist when their baby is born and is discovered to be of mixed race. Armand knew all along that he was OF mixed race, and I will prove it by analyzing characterization, diction, and imagery.
The characterization of Armand showed that he knew all along about his ethnicity. Armand wanted to cope with his insecurities and feel to his slaves, which is evident in the following example: “…young Aubigny’s rule was strict and under it his Negroes had forgotten, how to be gay as they had been during their old master who was easy going and indulgent in his lifetime” (Chopin 708). Armand was afraid people in the community might get to know about his secret. For example, when Desiree is confronting him, she asks, “Do you want me to go?” (710). Armand replies, “Yes I want you to go” (710). Armand immediately makes up his mind to allow her to go. This makes me suspect that he did not want Desiree and the baby to stay and he knew someday people would start questioning him about the baby’s ethnicity, and lead to his social disgrace.
Diction shows that Armand knew about being the one of mixed race. Chopin says at one occasion in the story that Armand no longer loved Desiree, because of the “….unconscious injury she brought upon his name and his home” (710). Using the word “unconscious” relates that Armand believes Desiree has unintentionally revealed Armand’s secret that he is the one of mixed race. At another point Chopin writes that Armand answered Desiree: “that the child is not white; it means that you are not white” (710). The tone used in this conversation clearly shows that Armand was so quick to the conclusion that Desiree was...

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