An Analysis Of Kate Chopin 's ' Desiree 's Baby ' Essay

1299 Words Jul 24th, 2016 6 Pages
In Kate Chopin’s “Desiree’s Baby”, race and color are the separating line between being a slave or a free man or woman during the pre-Civil War era in America. Armand is a white plantation owner who is angered when he finds out that his son is black. He has come to this conclusion based on the baby’s skin color alone. He accuses his wife, Desiree, of being black and lying about her race. Armand and Desiree compare each other’s skin color to prove who is whiter than the other. Ultimately the one with the darker skin must be the one who is black. However, color does not always reveal a person’s race. In the end, it is revealed that Armand is the parent with the black heritage who has passed his race down to the baby. Color is not always the determining factor as it relates to a person’s race. In America whites and blacks were affected by slavery as it relates to their race. To appear white or black does not always give an affinitive answer to what a person’s race is. However, it is still used as a determining factor by most of what race you belong to. And ultimately, your race determined your class. Chopin shows us through Armand and Desiree’s discovery of their baby’s race, that love cannot transcend color. Armand has distanced himself from his wife and baby. But Desiree doesn’t seem to have noticed the changed in the baby, until all of a sudden she has a bad feeling, “Desiree awoke one day to the conviction that there was something in the air menacing her…

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