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Essay On Desiree's Baby

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The short story “Desiree’s Baby: by Kate Chopin is my favorite story so far in what we read in class. Why? Well because Chopin Shows how far a man will go just to save his family’s name and reputation. This interested me because I couldn’t believe a man would go that far keep his reputation and how Chopin address real life issues and shows how one emotion can be your down fall at the same time.. The man in Desiree’s baby who took his words and actions to far is named Armand Aubigny . Chopin made Armand make his decision based on assumptions, racism, anger and male dominance.

Chopin Shows that back then race was everything. It meant so much that people would consider you subhuman or worthless if u had any in your blood line, it also ruined relationships and caused the feeling of disgrace. Armand took this serious he was the typical stereotype. Armand was the master of the L'Abri plantation; he was a strict master who treated the slaves cruel. So much that, the narrator says, “The negroes had forgotten how to be gay.” So you can imagine the thought of him finding out his child was of color. When he found out all hell broke loose. He wanted no parts of Desiree or the baby after finding out. He even said it was Desiree’s fault because she has some Negro blood in her. Desiree’s reaction was priceless instead of fighting for her baby and herself; she just felt disgrace and couldn’t believe she would have some Negro blood in her. She even says it’s a lie, gives her whole description and reasons why she can’t be of Negro decent. She even writes a letter to her Mom saying "My mother, they tell me I am not white. Armand has told me I am not white. You must know it is not true. I shall die. I must die. I cannot be so unhappy, and live." She took her baby and walked out like she was leaving the hall of shame and went back to Monsieur and Madame Valmonde. All because she thought she was of Negro decent. This showed how much people back in the day viewed African Americans. They looked at them like second rate citizens who should feel bad for being born what they are.
The second thing Chopin shows is that a male’s dominance was real back then. Being the husband, Armand clearly ruled the home. “When he frowned, Desiree trembled,” This showed that Desiree feared Armand and knew who was controlling things in the...

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