Real Love Is Colorblind In 'Desiree's Baby'

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Real Love is Colorblind
How would one feel if he/she was discriminated because of the color of skin they possess? Kate Chopin 's 1892 short story "Desiree 's Baby" offers an irresistible analysis of the racial prejudice that spread throughout the antebellum South. The story takes place in Louisiana just before the American Civil War, in a time when slavery and plantations were very common. Also during this time period, it was acceptable for someone to leave their baby on another person 's doorstep. In the story, Desiree met a young man, Armand Aubigny, and they conceived a baby boy; however, the baby was different. Chopin conveys that real love is colorblind through Madame Valmonde and Desiree; each character expressed through their actions
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Desiree 's adoption by the Valmonde 's expressed the love someone can have for a child despite the fact that she was not their own blood. As Desiree grew in age, she later gave birth to a baby boy, whose name was never revealed. One day, Madame came to visit her daughter and grandson at the L 'Abri plantation where Desiree and Armand lived. The narrator stated, "Madame Valmonde had never removed her eyes from the child. She lifted it and walked with it over to the window that was lightest. She scanned the baby narrowly, then . . . [she], slowly, . . . replaced it beside its mother" (200). This part in the story expressed that Madame knew that something was different with the child, but she loved him despite the …show more content…
A young man, Armand, never knew his mother was "cursed with the brand of slavery," (202) but he loved her anyway. When Desiree found out about Armand 's mother, she never told him; consequently, he blamed Desiree for bestowing this "unconscious injury" upon him. Real love is colorblind to Desiree and Madame Valmonde, but for Armand, his love could not overcome the ethnicity differentiation when it came to Desiree and their baby. The relationships between the characters helped produce a more vivid image of racial discrepancy during the nineteenth century before the American Civil War occurred. Madame and Desiree saw the color differentiation, but it didn 't matter to them; whereas, to Armand, it mattered. This essentially caused him to lose his family. Real love is truly colorblind. Today, in some places of the United States, interracial relationships are judged; however, in other locations, they are seen as a standard relationship. In more populated areas, interracial relationships are accepted because they are seen more often; therefore, in rural, less populated areas, mixed relationships are not as accepted. Kate Chopin 's story is still prevalent in today 's society, so that people can recognize how things have or have not evolved since the nineteenth

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