The Themes Of Imagery In 'Desiree's Baby'

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Well used imagery can be as vivid as a one million paintings. Kate Chopin uses imagery throughout many of her timeless short stories. Kate Chopin was a short story author based out of Louisiana. Chopin was born on February 8, 1850, in St. Louis, MO and later died on August 22, 1904. Throughout her life Chopin was a very well-known women’s rights activist. Kate Chopin was also very against the abuse and enslavement of African Americans. Chopin uses amazing imagery throughout the short story Desiree’s Baby. Desiree’s Baby is a story about a man and a woman that have fallen deeply in love. The couple’s love grows even deeper whenever the couple bears their first child. After the bearing of this child it does not take long for people to realize …show more content…
The author Kate Chopin shows this emotion by using strong spurts of imagery throughout the story. For example whenever the author writes, “It was no wonder when she stood one day against the stone pillar in who’s shadow she had lain asleep, eighteen years before, that Armand Aubigny riding by and seeing her there, had fallen in love with her.” (Chopin 81) the scene can easily be visualized by the reader. This imagery is important because it shows how passionately Armand loved Desiree even at first sight. Imagery is also used to describe how Armand did not care about Desiree’s unknown origin because he could give her one himself. “Armand looked into her eyes and did not care” (Chopin 81). The imagery here can make the reader feel as if they can see Armand gazing shamelessly into Desiree’s …show more content…
Imagery is used to show Armand’s rejection and how cold hearted he eventually becomes. ““And my skin is fair,” seizing his wrist. “Look at my hand; whiter than yours Armand,” she (Desiree) laughed hysterically.” (Chopin 83). This example of imagery allows the reader to accurately imagine Desiree pleading to Armand trying to prove that she is not of any color. Another example comes after Desiree receives the invitation letter from her mother and Armand tells her to go out of pure spite. “She (Desiree) turned away like one stunned by a blow, and walked slowly towards the door, hoping he would call her back.” (Chopin 83). After Chopin writes this the audience can now experience the true heartache that Armand is bestowing upon Desiree.
Reading literature that effectively uses imagery can be much like watching a movie or a play. Kate Chopin affectively uses imagery in this piece while describing Armand’s burning love for Desiree, Desiree’s joy and despair, as well as Armand’s eventual rejection of Desiree and the baby. Imagery is absolutely critical throughout a story that changes moods because it allows the reader to truly feel the emotions that are expressed by the

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