“Désirée’s Baby” by Kate Chopin is the epitome of amazing love. This story can be compared to “The Story of an Hour”, as well as “The Storm”. However, rather than highlight her character’s sexuality or internal emotional conflicts, Chopin manages to make a gradual impact on Desiree’s strength, courage, and pride; elements that made me fall in love with the story of a woman who is a victim of assumptions, lies, and racism. Unconditional love is the predominant characteristic that allows both Desiree and her baby to survive her husband’s narrow-minded personality, and indirectly allows them to escape a cruel reality. Chopin story is a realistic example of a woman’s struggles.
Hearts, the color red, kisses, and romanticism are key words that remind me of the word love. However, as I ask myself what do I really know about love? Instantly, my inner science geek says that love stimulates someone’s emotional health, but my sentimental self replies by reminding me of my mother. Once I connect the two concepts, I realized that my mother’s love is my definition of unconditional love. At the end, I know she will always support me and simply be there for me. Unconditional love is the kind of love that cannot be measure, it does not need constant reminders of affection, and it strength can overcome anything.
Chopin provides an explicit example of this type of love, “Madame Valdome abandoned every speculation, but the one that Désirée had sent to her by a beneficent Providence to be the child of her affection, seeing that she was without child of the flesh” (Literature for Composition, 75). In other words, Madame Valdome considers Désirée as a gift from God that is send to full field their lives with joy and love. Regardless of how she arrives to their lives, she believes that Désirée belong to her family. As I continue analyzing the story, I remember how my mother has been there for me, for instance, I may not have an endless list of memories from my childhood, but I still have the memories that today reinforces my the definition of love.
The love of a mother does not rely on time, almost two decades after Désirée’s arrival Madame Valdome still sees her daughter as an innocent part of the human race. The birth of Desiree’s baby symbolizes a new generation to their family as well as another person that will know the value of love. Chopin tries to give with enough information to let her audience know that Armand and Desiree share a passionate young love, “The passion that awoke in him that day, when he saw her at the gate, swept along like an avalanche, or like a prairie fire, or like anything that...