It is one of the few stories Kate Chopin sets before the war. He has been aware all along of what the letter at the end of the story says. When I looked up, I observed that many people in front of the sign were darker than many of those behind it.
Taken from her Bayou Folk collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after first reading the story the reader realises how important the title of the story is. It is also from the beginning of the story that the reader realises that Chopin is exploring the theme of identity.
There is also some foreshadowing in the story which is worth noting. There are also traces of racism in the story.
There is also the fact that Armand beats the slaves on his plantation. If anything it is possible that Armand views his slaves as inferior to him. This perceived superiority that Armand feels over black people would have been common in the American South at the time that Chopin wrote the story, with most white people considering those who were black or of mixed racial heritage to be inferior.
She knows that it is impossible to remain in the relationship with Armand due to the shame that having a mixed race child will bring on Armand and his family name.
Chopin also explores gender roles in the story, particularly the role of the female.
It is on his decision that the matter is resolved. Just as there is a sense of inequality between black and white people in the story, there is a sense that women too are not equal to men. Again this could suggest that the role of the female at the time the story was written was to accept any decisions made by the male, not to question them.
By revealing at the end of the story that it is Armand who is from a mixed racial heritage, Chopin succeeds in again introducing irony into the story. However there is no sense that Armand will change, despite being aware of his heritage. It is quite possible that Armand is driven by fear.
Cite Post McManus, Dermot. The Sitting Bee, 27 Aug.Published: Thu, 14 Dec Desiree’s Baby has been set in the days before the abolition of slavery in the big farms/plantations owned by whites and tendered by black slaves in the Southern State of Texas.
Désirée’s Baby by Kate Chopin As the day was pleasant, Madame Valmondé drove over to L’Abri to see Désirée and the baby. It made her laugh to think of Désirée with a baby. Jun 13, · Short Story Review: Kate Chopin’s “Desiree’s Baby” For many years, “Desiree’s Baby” was the one piece of Kate Chopin’s fiction most likely to be known; even today this short story remains widely anthologized despite the problematic—and consequently enigmatic—theme.
INTRODUCTION In the short story, Desiree’s Baby, written by Kate Chopin there is a sense of karma and consequences that is used in the story. Kate Chopin’s Short Stories Questions and Answers.
The Question and Answer section for Kate Chopin’s Short Stories is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel. Kate Chopin and the Fiction of Limits: ' 'D?sir?e 's Baby ' ' By Cynthia Griffin Wolff For many years, "D?sir?e's Baby" was the one piece of Chopin's fic.