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Foreshadowing In Desiree’s Baby By Kate Chopin

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In the short story Desiree’s Baby by Kate Chopin, there are many examples of foreshadowing that provides the reader with insight on the events to come. Chopin constantly hints at the importance of lineage and origin which informs the readers that it will play a large part within the plot. Significant families in the South take pride in their heritage and name which are seemingly important to Armand; important enough to abandon his wife and child. In the ending, it is revealed to the readers that Armand is the one who is not completely white (Chopin 5). The story does not tell whether Armand knew the entire time or he was just finding out from reading the letter. There are many times ...view middle of the document...

If he really thought it was because of her, he would have been angry and brought it up the instant that he noticed. He then started acting ill-mannered toward the slaves, “And the very spirit of Satan seemed suddenly to take hold of him in his dealings with the slaves” (Chopin 3). Before they had their baby, Armand was supposedly cruel to the slaves and after the baby, he treated them with kindness, “’he hasn’t punished one of them—not one of them—since the baby is born’” (Chopin 2). He was being harsh to the slaves before because he hated that part of himself and he felt the need to take it out on them. When the baby arrived and looked whited, he was happy because his secret would never be revealed and when he realized the truth, he went back to his old ways.
When Desiree realizes the truth about her baby, she asks Armand about the situation and he answers, “’It means,’ he answered lightly, ‘that the child is not white; it means you are not white’” (Chopin 3). Armand held back his knowledge and when Desiree brings it up, he is calm to confront her and argue that she is not white. If he really believed she wasn’t, he would not be so calm in telling her. After she is confronted by Armand, she retaliated by proclaiming, “’It is a lie; it is not true, I am white! Look at my hair, it is brown; and my eyes are gray, Armand, you know they are gray. And my skin is...

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