Theme Of Race, Love, And Identity In Desiree's Baby By Kate Chopin

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Teague
Sydney Teague
Hensley
English 11/ Second Period
27 February 2018
Part 12: Rough Draft #1 “This was what made the gentle Desiree so happy, for she loved him desperately. When he frowned she trembled, but she loved him. When he smiled, she asked no greater blessing of God.” Desiree is the adopted daughter of Monsieur and Madame Valmonde. She was found by Monsieur Valmonde lying in the shadow of a stone pillar near the Valmonde gateway. She is eventually courted by Armand and they get married and have a child. Eventually they realize that the baby’s skin is the same color as a quadroon (one-quarter African American). Armand immediately believes that Desiree is part black. Eventually Armand tells Desiree to leave and she runs away
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She also includes literary devices in the story which is imagery, alliteration, and irony you will probably see irony more than anything in the story. Also, the story was written in the 1800s (1893) which during the time there was a lot of slavery going on so race and racism is very important in the story. Desiree is the adopted daughter of Monsieur and Madame Valmonde. She was found by Monsieur Valmonde lying in the shadow of a stone pillar near the Valmonde gateway. She is eventually courted by Armand and they get married and have a child. Eventually they realize that the baby’s skin is the same color as a quadroon (one-quarter African American). Armand immediately believes that Desiree is part black. Eventually Armand tells Desiree to leave and she runs away into the bayou. But at the end it was Armands fault that the baby was quadroon. Chopin wrote to broaden the view’s on a woman’s place in the world. One of her purposes was to expose the inequalities of prejudice and female subjugation. Abandoned as a child, she is adopted by the Valmonde’s who end up being loving parents. However they know nothing about her ancestry or history. After Desiree marries Armand she hopes that she had finally found her own real home. But in the end they find out the baby is mixed and Armand tells her to leave and take the baby with her. This is where irony, love, and race come in because Armanad said he did not care what race Desiree was he would love her no matter what but, when he found out the baby was half black he instantly tried to protect his pride and told Desiree to leave because he thought she was half black but the irony comes when he find out it was actually his fault the child was half black not

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