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

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In the nineteenth century, it was a difficult time for many women and blacks because of the domination of white men over them. The social and economic hardships they faced are constant reminders of this domination. The social ideology in the story “Desiree’s Baby” is powerful, dangerous and held no escape for any character. In this short story, Desiree, who is the protagonist, finds herself at odds with what she wants in life and receives no satisfaction in the end. Kate Chopin often writes about subjects that are particularly sensitive during her lifetime, and many of them still strikes a nerve in the United States today. In “Desiree’s Baby,” Chopin offers a compelling critique of the class based and racial prejudice that invaded the attitudes of the society in South. Chopin’s themes of individual versus society can be seen in the conflicts faced by Desiree and her husband, Armand.
Chopin explores the unjustifiable status of both those without a family and those of biracial descent. A critical theory which the readers can use for the short story is sociological because throughout the story, significance and repetition of several objects being defined as “white” or “black” relate to the way society relates white with greatness and positivity and black with devastation and negativity. The short story takes place during the era of slavery. At this time in history, no aristocratic family would have accepted a biracial daughter-in-law or grandchild, and Desiree’s baby appears…

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