Desiree’s Baby takes place in the Antebellum Period (1789-1849) where slavery was starting to become less common. Never the less slavery was still prominent in the southern states such as Louisiana, which is where the story takes place. Armand, a plantation owner, treated his slaves as many plantation owners did, with anger, punishment, degradation, and humiliation, which were accomplished through his words and actions.
As you continue to read this short story you realize that Armand is an arrogant man who is passionate and very proud of his families status and accomplishments, yet despite advancements in the freeing of the slaves, he remains a racist . Armand believes what Ellen Peel the author of “Semiotic subversion in “Desiree’s Baby” realized. The social ranks that ...
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...father stating, “But above all” she wrote “night and day I thank the good God for having arranged our lives that our dear Armand will never know that his mother, who adores him, belongs to the race that is cursed by the brand of slavery.”
Although being proud and passionate are two character traits, which may prove to be beneficial to a successful, and happy life, such a horrific trait of racism can prove to be
as dangerous, and devastating, as pride and passion can be good. Racism affects not only ones own life but all those you may come in contact with as well. In this story, two innocent lives were lost. The death of Desiree and her child could have been avoided if it
were not for Armand’s racist views. He, and Desiree, could have lived a wonderful life together watching their son grow up had it not been for his terrible racist views.
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