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

1474 Words Jun 1st, 2015 6 Pages
Nineteenth century Louisiana held a lively French and Cajun inspired culture and the largest slave market in the United States, slaves were sold by the thousands. White plantation owners competed to have the most prosperous farm in addition to having a flawless family. This perception of perfection was most sought-after; the reputation of a man was placed above his wife, child, and everything else. In Kate Chopin 's short story "Desiree 's Baby," the author uses Armand 's internal conflict concerning racism and his relationship with Desiree to assert that there is a struggle in finding balance with one’s societal image.
In contemplation of why Armand made the decisions he did regarding Desiree, his internal oppositions must be understood. The commodities that shaped him were pride, racism, and insecurity. Armand’s generation of white supremacy, provided him with a superiority complex. In the short story Armand refers to his title as “one of the oldest and proudest [names] in Louisiana” (Chopin 1). The fragment reveals how Armand considers himself and his lineage to be distinguished in society. When he elopes with Desiree, he regards her as a trophy to better his image. She encapsules beauty and is “the idol of Valmonde” (Chopin 1). Having a trophy wife certainly inflates his pride. As to protect his pride, he performs the not uncommon job of harshly treating slaves. He was “very strict towards his slaves, unlike the rule of his father. The black people forgot how to be…

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