Desiree's Husband

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“Desiree’s Husband”
In Kate Chopins “ Desiree’s Baby” the main character Desiree is a fragile human being who was the victim of a few unfortunate circumstances. Her life starts disorder and also ended in disorder. As an infant she was purposely abandoned in a gateway and found by Madame Valmonde who loved her dearly. At the end of her life she was also abandoned by her husband who shuns her once he finds his mother “belongs to the race that is cursed with the brand of slavery”. The character Desiree is a loving, caring, beautiful woman but also blinded, unconfident and hopeless. Desiree loved her baby and her husband with everything that she had. The author uses many words and phrases throughout the story to express how deep her love went. She was desperate for her husbands love “When he frowned she trembled, but loved him. When she smiled, she asked no greater blessing of God”. When we love people we can see through differences. But in the case of Desiree’s husband he could not and accused Desiree of being of a different race which she was not. She went through a roller coaster of emotion through the story. When she finds love in her husband Armand and then has his baby she is happier then she could even dream but all the while still doubtful. She becomes devastated and confused when her husband suddenly changes; she went from one extreme emotion in her life to another. “He absented himself from home; and when there, avoided her presence and that of her child, without excuse.” She is hopeless when she learns he wants her to leave the home they had created together. Desiree is unconfident in herself to live with out her husband and she claims “I must die. I cannot be so unhappy and live” so she tragically kills herself and her baby in the bayou. Desiree showed exactly how deep her love was for her husband by taking her life and that of her child in the ultimate act of desperation.
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