The social ranks that ... ... middle of paper ... ...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 Walko 6 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.
Another part that was analyzed was how Armand actually treated his slaves from making them forget how to be happy to him severely punishing them at the expense of his biracial child. Also in the context that his child was part African served as a catalyst for his change of heart from love to hate towards his wife which then terminated to his banishment of his wife and son. In the end of it all, the reader has seen the adverse and destructive effects that racism can have upon a select group of people and on society. From what Armand despised the most, was actually a part of him that he could never get rid of. Works Cited Chopin, Kate.
Through Desiree, Choplin implies that she does not condone the assault on slaves; “he hasn’t punished one of them… since the baby was born… Oh, mamma, I’m so happy; it frightens me” (Chopin 117). Desiree is said to be too gentle for the harsh Armand, who beats his slaves, thus being portrayed as malicious and representative of some of the Southern slave-owners’ barbaric treatment of African-American. Choplin also criticizes the gender inequality between men and women during that time period. Towards the end, she subtly denounces the biased social norm that made Desiree leave. In the story, she leaves just because her baby is of a different color and Armand disapproves.
The story takes place in an “antebellum Creole community ruled by institutions based on apparently clear dualities: master over the slave, white over black, and man over woman” (224). The South was marked with a racial system known as the “one drop- rule”, which meant that “any person with one drop of black blood was deemed black... ... middle of paper ... ...His whole life he thought he knew himself. In the end Desiree is the more tragic mulatto. She is white but plays the role as a mulatto and kills herself along with the baby. Works Cited Shen, Dan.
He was convinced that his name is “…one of the oldest and proudest in Louisiana” (Chopin 48), because of his family name. Armand took advantage of the fact that he was a owner slave and came from a family whose name was well known and he feel like a king. He’s pride was above his actual family and all he wanted was to protect the family name and history at any cost. After his boy was born, because his skin turned darker than it is supposed to be, he assumed that his wife, Desiree, is black and he asked her to leave. He felt that his pride was hurt because of the shame that his wife brought to the family name.
In “Desiree’s Baby”, Chopin demonstrates through Armand’s conflicts how weak humans conform to environmental norms. Armand is shown to be a weak character by his internal conflict himself. Armand’s weakness is initially shown by the way he treats his slaves. Although there is evidence to support that Armand is a man characteristic of the time, he seems to actually have benevolent feelings towards slaves. However, he is too weak express these feelings and instead acts in a rather strict manner: “Young Aubigny’s rule was a strict one, too, and under it his negroes had forgotten how to be gay, as they had been during the old master’s easy-going and indulgent lifetime,” (Chopin 9).
Armand’s dominance over Desiree and her overall sense of well-being is certainly a reflection of the issue of sexist prejudice that Chopin chose to write about throughout her literary career. Chopin also depicts the racial prejudice in the South by revealing how blacks on the plantation are treated and by illustrating how severe the consequences were of Desiree and Armand’s baby being African American was. His dark personality coupled with the societal norm of male superiority enabled this toxic relationship structure to occur and helped shape the events following the discovery of the child being black. Armand’s role of master over the plantation workers was based on skin color and his birthright to the plantation which was reflective of Southern culture during the time period (Toth). It is abundantly clear that Desiree’s Baby serves as a microcosm of how societal hierarchy's and traditions that are rooted in elitist prejudice have a poisoning effect on those who are ... ... middle of paper ... ...ol every whim of his wife’s life and essentially her humanity.
Symbolism in Desiree's Baby by Kate Chopin "Desiree's Baby" is Kate Chopin's most well-known short story and most anthologized piece of work. The story takes place in southern Louisiana and her writing reflects her Creole-French descent. Chopin begins the story with a descriptive quote, "when she reached L'Abri she shuddered at the first sight of it, as she always did. It was a sad looking place...Big solemn oaks grew close to it and their thick leaved, far-reaching branches shadowed it like a pall" (185). The preceding quote gives the reader an eerie feeling and foreshadows an unpleasant ending to the story.
It would be too unsafe for whites to educate their slaves because a slave “should know nothing but to obey his master—to do as he is told”(47). Still, Douglass progressed to learn how to read and write without a formal teache... ... middle of paper ... ...ather and eat until they were full while the slaves who served them were starving. Frederick Douglass increased awareness about the evils of slavery by educating his peers and others who would listen about the injustice and cruelty of slaveholding and slaveholders. He was able to overcome the ignorance of educating slaves, secretly teaching himself how to read by utilizing the little knowledge that was accidentally shared with him. Douglass gained a better sense of religion by reading the Bible himself and he learned that his Christianity practiced in the south was often hypocritical.
The range of interactions with his enslaved blacks vary wildly based on his emotional state. "Young Aubigny’s rule was a strict one...his negroes had forgotten how to be gay, as they had been during the old master’s" (paragraph 6) This excerpt shows his original stance is a harsh one, and he feels it is appropriate to treat the enslaved based on the belief that they have very little worth. As the story continues, he begins to treat the enslaved with more leniency, not because of an increase in the perceived worth of the blacks but because of a personal joy in his life. Désirée relates that "he hasn’t punished one of th...