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

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Real Love is Colorblind
How would one feel if he/she was discriminated because of the color of skin they possess? Kate Chopin 's 1892 short story "Desiree 's Baby" offers an irresistible analysis of the racial prejudice that spread throughout the antebellum South. The story takes place in Louisiana just before the American Civil War, in a time when slavery and plantations were very common. Also during this time period, it was acceptable for someone to leave their baby on another person 's doorstep. In the story, Desiree met a young man, Armand Aubigny, and they conceived a baby boy; however, the baby was different. Chopin conveys that real love is colorblind through Madame Valmonde and Desiree; each character expressed through their actions and words that skin color was just that. Desiree, the narrator explained, was a “beautiful and gentle, affectionate and sincere” (199) girl, who was deserted by a pillar in front of a plantation home as a baby, where the owners, Monsieur and Madame Valmonde, took possession of her and raised her as their own. Desiree 's adoption by the Valmonde 's expressed the love someone can have for a child despite the fact that she was not their own blood. As Desiree grew in age, she later gave birth to a baby boy, whose name was never revealed. One day, Madame came to visit her daughter and grandson at the L 'Abri plantation where Desiree and Armand lived. The narrator stated, "Madame Valmonde had never removed her eyes from the child. She…

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