Desiree 's Baby By Kate Chopin Essay

1409 Words Oct 25th, 2016 6 Pages
“Desiree’s Baby” by Kate Chopin is a short story that focused on the tragic consequences of miscegenation during the nineteenth- century. This short story took place during the period known as the antebellum period on a Louisiana plantation. During the antebellum period, racism is strongly connected with sexism during this period and the cruelty of racism resulted in the intolerance of gender and race. The setting played a significant role to support the racial and gender bias between the main protagonists’, Desiree and Armand, relationship. Desiree is the wife of Armand and the mother to her miscegenation child. Desiree was introduced to us, as an orphan before her mother, Madame Valmonde, believed Desiree was sent to her and was then adopted. Chopin’s focus on highlighting feminism and the everyday social problems women faced, in this short story Chopin focused on Desiree and her unknown origins. When Desiree and Armand realize their baby is quadroon, the reader and Armand automatically assumes it is Desiree who has the African American history. The marriage and the baby were severed because of social inequalities and racism. Therefore the setting of the short story supports the downfall of the protagonists and supports the development of the powerful ironic ending due to the racial and gender bias in the antebellum period.
Desiree is a character who’s past is left unknown but Armand did not care about her origin when, “he could give her one of the oldest and proudest…

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