Literary Devices In Desiree's Baby By Kate Chopin

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Authors may use different types of literary devices to maintain the reader’s attention in a story. A metaphor, simile, flashback, imagery, and an allusion are all examples of literary devices that can be used in a story to keep the reader engrossed. Kate Chopin used literary devices in her story “Desiree’s Baby” which helped her contribute to the success of the story. Kate Chopin used imagery on paragraph 6 to describe L’Abri and explain why it is a sad place to visit. Imagery is a visual symbolism the author uses to capture the reader’s interest.
(Imagery - Examples and Definition of Imagery (Literary Devices)) It says, “Big solemn oaks grew close to it, and their thick leaved, far reaching branches.” Kate Chopin used the oak trees to give
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Irony is the use of words that mean the opposite of it’s literal meaning. (Irony-Dictionary.com) It was a very shocking event. The reader then finds out Armand discovers an old letter that reveals that he is the one from the black race. His mother wrote a letter to his father stating how grateful she was for Armand not finding out about her “race that is cursed with the brand of slavery.” Now Armand is left scared with his color and also with a broken heart. Armand was a hypocrite and his family background is what made him abandon Desiree and the baby. In the beginning of Desiree 's baby, Chopin uses strong imagery to give the reader a clear picture of the type of person Desiree was before she met Armand. (Imagery - Examples and Definition of Imagery (Literary Devices)) As a child she was “beautiful and gentle, affectionate and sincere.” Therefore,the author obviously want the reader to know the person Desiree was as a child and is trying to explain that maybe that 's a reason Armand fell in love so …show more content…
This is exactly why this is the climax.This is the whole problem of the story and the most intense part of it as well. In the very beginning and ending of Desiree 's Baby, Kate Chopin used irony. (Irony-Dictionary.com) In the very beginning the author states that Desiree was fatherless. People believe that she was left by a party of Texans. Although,a group of Texans might have abandoned Desiree as a baby, Valmonde considered Desiree as her own. At the end Desiree’s baby also becomes fatherless after Armand abandons them. Both Desiree and her baby didn 't have their biological fathers in their lives which is considered ironic. Towards the middle of the short story alliteration was used to symbolize the way Arwas being with Desiree and the baby. (Alliteration - Examples and Definition of Alliteration (Literary Devices)) Alliteration is the same letter or sound in the beginning of connected words. The author states, “ and the very spirit of Satan seemed suddenly to take hold of him in his dealings with the slaves.” Therefore, the author is saying that Armand is letting the problems he had with his slaves interfere with his relationship with Desiree and her baby. “Satan” symbolizes the person Armand was becoming with Desiree. Desiree felt miserable because Armand was avoiding Desiree and the baby. It states “from which the old love-light seemed to have gone out.” Desiree felt as

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