Analysis of Desiree’s Baby
The short story, "Desiree’s Baby," written by Kate Chopin, was set in south of America at a time where African Americans were inferior to whites and often worked as slaves. This story explores pride, social status and most importantly race versus love. The story takes an unexpected turn when Armand, Desiree’s husband, becomes aware that his son is not white "that the child is not white; it means that you are not white." Even true love and one’s own flesh and blood cannot defeat a man’s pride and importance of social status. The story begins with Madame Valmonde going to visit her daughter “Desiree had been sent to her by a beneficent providence to be the child of her affection, seeing that she was without child of flesh.” To the Valmonde family race was not as important as it was for Armand. The Valmonde family accepted a "nameless" child to their family without questioning the possibility that the child could be a "race that is cursed with slavery." Armand Aubigny notices Desiree’s beauty and falls in love "that was the way all the Aubignys fell in love, as it struck by a pistol shot.” This statement refers to old Monsieur Aubigny falling in love regardless of race. They sacrificed and lived in France, where bi-racial marriages were accepted, in order to conceal the mother's race from Armand, and the people of Louisiana “I thank God for having so arranged our lives that our dear Armand will never know that his mother…belongs to the race that is cursed with the brand of slavery.” His father accepted his wife to be “cursed with the brand of slavery.” Armand, born and raised around his mother was not as “easy-going” and did not allow his “negroes” to be “gay” like old Monsieur Aubigny. Did he not know that he too was "cursed with the brand of slavery?” Since this is a very short story, the author does not give much information regarding Armand's knowledge of his race. One can believe that he did know the truth about his mother, and is...
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