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Samina Sultana

0920388015

Professor Khaliquzzaman M. Elias

ENG 118

24th April, 2011

In “Desiree Baby” the writer Kate Chopin creates the image of racial prejudice, unequal gender roles and patriarchal society. It is a tragic story which portraits the brutal attitude towards the black people. The writer shows us the barbarous world where an innocent wife faces the cruel side of her husband because the child she gave birth was not white. At the unpleasant ending, the story turns into a mournful short story because the husband, Armand discovers that he is the reason and responsible for the baby not being white.

In the story, “Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston, the narrator shows the common picture of a relationship. She is a feminist writer, talking about the rights of a woman. This is the story of a hardworking woman who lives a miserable life with her typical husband. The woman, “Delia” represents those women who are tortured by their husbands. She is being abused by her husband, Sykes. Sykes is rude, typical lower level husband. He loves to dominate Delia, although he does not earn. Delia is only source of earning. She earns money by washing clothes of white people.

These two stories show the common picture of male domination and also tell us the intolerable life of black peoples. In both stories we see the violence against women. In “Desiree’s Baby” Armand tortures Desiree mentally where in “Sweat” Sykes dominates Delia mentally as well as physically. Armand has no consideration when dealing with blacks. He treats the slaves as possessions rather than human beings. But in “Sweat” Sykes treats his wife as his slave. Armand begins to avoid Desiree and her child when the child reaches the age of three. On the other hand, Sykes ignores Delia for washing white people’s clothes and another reason is Bertha. However, these two stories show the common image of male domination society. But both of the stories ended up differently....
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