In both stories, it is proven that marriage is not always based solely on love but based on other factors that so that one person is able to fit into the norms of a specific society and period. “Desiree’s Baby” took place during slavery, a time when having biracial children was looked down upon but it happened quite often. When Armand realized that his baby was biracial all he could think about was what other people would think of him and how he must uphold this idea of being a confident and wealthy, fully white man with a strong and well-known last name. He even considered that he was being punished by God, “almighty God had dealt cruelly and unjustly w...
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...he antagonists, Polly and Desiree or about how they felt with the situations they were in. Leaving them with no choice but to remove themselves from the heartbreaking decisions their mates had made without a second thought. Polly made it clear that she would “put an end to herself”, while Desiree packed up and left along with her baby. Although Polly did not actually put an end to herself, it was Mr. Doran’s selfish actions and thoughts that drove her to that point of wanting to kill herself. It is not clear what really happened to Desiree and the baby, it is implied that she took her own life as well as the baby’s.
In conclusion, the recurring theme of these two stories proves that a lot of times in a marriage or in any relationship the norms of a society or period of time and social status have an enormous amount of influence than love does or will ever have.
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