However, to keep from harming his name, he led Desiree to believe that she was the black parent, which led to her untimely demise. In conclusion, Chopin’s story explains how life in the late 1800s treated black people, as well as where white people traditionally stood on the social ladder in comparison. Most rich whites owned slaves that were treated poorly, much like Armand’s before the marriage and after the child grew. It also explained that having any black in the family was shameful
Rather, legal slavery helped discrimination against African-Americans perpetuate and flourish from the 17th to the 19th century. In fact, racism and fear of the norm is a commonly found behavior in history. For instance, Irishmen in the colonies were referred to as “beyond the Pale” or even “slaves” (30). The famous poet and playwright Shakespeare even referred to the African prince “Othello” as a “thing” (31). The Africans were of a different culture and considered an inferior race for these differences.
Throughout American history, racial discrimination has been a huge problem. The affect it has had on African Americans over the years is drastic. The Caucasian Americans used to use the African Americans as slaves, when the country first began and they were treated almost like animals. If a person was only half African American would they be treated the same as a full African American? In Kate Chopin’s Desiree’s Baby, there is a great example on racial discrimination and how partially blooded African Americans were treated, compared to full blooded African Americans in the 19th century.
In the story of “Desiree’s Baby” by Kate Chopin, there are many literary themes that can be analyzed such as love, racism, gender inequality, and miscegenation. What this analysis will focus on is primarily on the central male character, Armand Aubigny, and on his views towards racism. More specifically, what this essay will aim to prove is that Armand Aubigny looked down upon the African race to the point where he hated them. One of the biggest driving points to aid this idea is how his family name shaped his behavior and actions according to the societal normalities of his time period. Another important aspect that will be considered is his very relationship towards his slaves in how he treated them cruelly even to the point where he is described as “having the spirit of Satan” (Chopin 3).
Color-lines that also made it difficult for blacks see themselves as anything other than the way they were portrayed by white-America. We learned the term “Veils” a “physical demarcation of difference from whiteness as they attempt to be both American and African in a white Society, where one identity is less equal than the other”. W.E.B. Du Bois spoke of the “road of the double consciousness produced by wearing the veil the split identity of Black” has helped to further oppress African-American and their belief for equality”. Both terms “veil and double-counsciousness designed to affect the African-American Identity in a negative way.
Blacks have been made to feel as though they were unequal or less than human. Howard Zinn shows the reader how racism that existed in the New World exists today, and how the barriers society has placed on color has caused a division among the races throughout the generations. How we as individuals have allowed one person’s belief to dictate how a person should be treated. Racism is defined as a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races to determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others. In this chapter we see that the slave owners possess all the qualities of racism toward the African slaves.
Racism and gender segregation and abuse are beliefs on the physical abilities of a group or a person to dictates their abilities and that one of the person or group is superior naturally as compared to the other person or group. Classical examples are in the history of African Americans. The paper analyzes the major experiences and conditions that African Americans passed through before the 1868 civil war that unbound them and the responses that African Americans developed during such challenges and conditions. African Americans were segregated against. Segregation basing on racial was used by the American Whites so as to place the Black American in status of subordinate (Wormser, 51).
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The preceding quote gives the reader an eerie feeling and foreshadows an unpleasant ending to the story. Throughout "Desiree's Baby," Kate Chopin uses symbolism to convey her themes of racial prejudice, unequal gender roles, and social hierarchy in a patriarchal society. During Chopin's lifetime, African Americans were considered inferior to whites and often worked as slaves for the wealthy, white families in the south. Early in the story the narrator describes the scenery of the plantation, L'Abri, and says, "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" (185). This shows Aubigny's egotism and apathy toward his slaves.