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

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In Kate Chopin’s short story “Desiree’s Baby” Chopin highlights racism in southern American she also emphasizes disparities in women’s rights in that time period. Chopin does this by focusing on characters like Armand and Desiree and how they reacted to having a Bi-racial baby. Chopin story also uses the historically content and setting to further her point. Desiree’s Baby takes place In Louisiana before the civil war. Throughout the story there are racist themes that show how bias and prejudiced people were at the time. When Madame Valmonde sees Desiree’s baby she is shocked only because she notices that the baby looks African American. At this time in history most African Americans are slaves and not many families would accept a Bi-racial family member. Since this short story is set before the civil war, racial inequality is at its highest. Armand who owns a slave plantation would be the last person to want to identify with any type of black lineage. Seeing that the baby looks black Armand automatically, assumes that because Desiree’s doesn’t know her history that she is the one with black heritage. Armand would never accept having a bi-racial son and dismisses Desiree from his Home. Armand was willing to break his marriage vows because he assumed Desiree was black. Chopin highlighted how racially prejudices people were at the time, even when this subject was still controversial. Another purpose of Chopin was to highlight how little Influence women had on their…

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