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

1757 Words Apr 14th, 2015 8 Pages
“I thank the good God for having so arranged our lives that our dear Armand will never know that his mother, who adores him, belongs to the race that is cursed with the brand of slavery”. How can a mother keep a secret hidden from her child for so long? The story “Desiree’s Baby” is not so much on betrayal but, acceptance, true love that is blind, and racism. Chopin paints a picture about the effect love and pride can have on our actions. Kate Chopin gives her readers an inside look on how life was in Louisiana. Through her stories, each one hits a topic in times before and after the civil war.
Kate Chopin was immediately successful and wrote short stories about people she had known in Louisiana. The story “Desiree’s Baby” connects to her life because it takes place in Louisiana. Her writing was greatly influenced by the aftermath of the war and the time she spent living in Louisiana before the American civil war. Louisiana is the landscape of Kate Chopin in which her stories morph her life journey becomes a necessary part of her fiction. Before the Civil War, Louisiana was a major slave state. In 1860, 47% of the population was in slavery. Blacks after the Civil War enjoyed many privileges that their predecessors could only dream of. They could vote, hold office and attend school. New Orleans, Louisiana, was one of the more integrated cities in the South. It legalized interracial marriage between 1868 and 1896, elected a total of 32 black state senators and 95 state…

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