Theme Of Irony In Desiree's Baby

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“Desiree’s Baby” is a literal fiction short story by Kate Chopin that takes place in Antebellum Louisiana. A young girl by the name of Desiree is abandoned who was discovered.
Armand Aubigny was the one who found desiree and after that they fell in love and had a baby. The people sense that the baby is different time goes by, they realize the baby skin color is of African descent. Armand thinks Desiree is part black, but she doesn’t accept the statement. Desiree takes the baby and leaves to the bayou and is never seen again. Armand is throwing away her belongings and comes across a letter that is from his mother to his father stating that she is grateful that her son will never know that his mother “belongs to the race that is cursed by slavery”(Coursehero
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Finally another literary device found in Desiree's baby would be irony the definition for irony is a technique that involves surprising, interesting, or amusing contradictions or contrasts. “Chopin uses irony to illustrate the wretched reality of racial discrimination.”(Coursehero page1) throughout the story there is a lot of racism that is going on throughout Louisiana during that time period.
“She disappeared among the reeds and willows that grew thick along the banks of deep, sluggish bayou, she did not come back again.”(Prezi page 3) Chopin shows the effects of Armand’s racial profiling towards Desiree and her baby. “He said nothing. “Shall i go, Armand?” she asked in sharp tones with agonized suspense. “Yes,go” “Do you want me to go” “Yes I want you to go.”(Desiree’s Baby page4)Because of this statement from Armand he is showing the negativity and hate towards colored
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Irony it is a technique that involves surprising, interesting, or amusing contradictions or contrasts. Like in the story Desiree and Armand fall in love and have a baby.”...eighteen years before Armand Aubigny riding by and seeing her there, had fallen in love with her. That was all the way all the Aubigny’s fell in love, as if struck by a pistol shot.”(Coursehero page1) another example would be that Armand found out too late that his mother and him come from african descent when going through Desiree’s things he came across a letter from his mother and father stating “...night and day, I thank the God for having so through Desiree’s things he came across a letter from his mother and father stating “...night and day, I thank the God for having so arranged our lives that our dear Armand will never know that his mother, who adores him, belongs to the race that is cursed with the brand of slavery.”(coursehero page 1) the irony that happened here was that Armand discovered a little too late that he was of color on the other hand he was “racist” toward his own

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