Titles and Content: Titles Reflect and Relate to Theme of the Story

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Does an author always relate their title of his work to its content? For one thing, authors usually pick strategic titles that will eventually reflect to the theme of the story. For example, in “Desiree’s Baby,” “The Wife of His Youth,” and Mandingo, we can appreciate how each of the authors has chosen specific key words as the title of their story or film, so that the readers can have a basic understanding of what it will be about.

First, Kate Chopin chooses “Desiree’s Baby” as the title which informs the readers that the story will be based on a girl named Desiree and her baby. As can be seen throughout the story, one major theme is racism and race mixing. Everyone believed Desiree was pure white as well as Armand, however when their baby is born, his black features are extremely noticeable. Armand assumed Desiree was partially black since her parents history was unknown; therefore he kicked out Desiree and her baby. The baby is a major turning point of the story, we can see how Armand’s fear of having had a baby with a black woman, was stronger than the love he felt towards her and their baby. Hence, it is Desiree’s Baby, because after he erroneously found out that Desiree was partially black he abandoned his role of father, and the baby became only Desiree’s.

The second story, “The Wife of His Youth,” has a theme based on racism as well as the previously mentioned story. Mr. Ryder, protagonist of the story, belonged to a society, to which entrance was judged upon people’s color skin. Blue Vein Society, consisted of light skinned black, and those who colors were darker than a brown bag would now be permitted to join. Moreover, Mr. Ryder meets a woman who claims to be her old lost love, she was “The Wife of His Youth;” ironically this woman representing the title of the story is extremely dark and would never be accepted into the Blue Vein Society, therefore Mr. Ryder had to face an inner conflict, weather to accept his past and the fact that he was a...
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