In the research paper “On Being Brought from Africa to America by Kate Chopin” the author analyzes the story that depict the painful emotions of women who are excluded from desirable states and spaces solely because of their color. …
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Exclusion was among the first of Desiree’s experiences, but more fortunate events shielded her consciousness from any immediate injury. Exclusion from the womb into the world must have been more traumatic for her than her exclusion from the world of her birth parents. Fate directed her toward the childless Valmonde couple who happily adopted her and showered their love on her, refusing to speculate unprofitably on the riddle of her origin: “Madame Valmonde abandoned every speculation but the one that Desiree had been sent to her by a beneficent Providence to be the child of her affection, seeing that she was without child of the flesh.” When she was found, the child had been old enough to cry for ‘Dada’ but she soon shed all those memories and “grew to be beautiful and gentle, affectionate and sincere - the idol of Valmonde.”
This pleasant state of existence was not disturbed even when Desiree left her foster parents to live with her husband Armand Aubigny who had seen her once and “fell in love, as if struck by a pistol shot.” The words of caution spoken by Monsieur Valmonde pass unheeded, the “obscure origin” of his would-be bride is nothing to Aubigny, it mattered nothing to him that she was ‘nameless’: “What did it matter about a name when he could give her one of the oldest and proudest in Louisiana?”
For another year Desireé continued to live in the Eden of ignorance and love. Her husband adored her even more than her foster parents did, the servants loved and respected her because Monsieur Aubigny was more indulgent towards them than he had been in his bachelor days, the Valmondes continued to lavish care and affection on her. The baby boy is born—in the first weeks of his existence, he is the apple of his father’s eye, and of everyone else, but then, things began to change. ...Download file to see next pagesRead More
However, as Chopin points out again and again in her short stories and novels, this led to a condition in which women were not able to seek the full expression of their characters in deference to fulfilling their proper roles as wives and mothers. They lived lives of desperation, never able to fully express or explore their own inner inclinations.
Her age is around 28 years and she is spending her vacations with her family at Grand Isle. The main point of this story is the change in the feelings of Edna. She begins to realize that her role in the society is not just restricted to her home and family.
In her writings, she wrote about the feelings which men cannot decipher. In addition, she has been recognized for her support to women in their fight for their rights with other vital issues such as inferiority and how women were valued and looked at in society.
Wheatley was not really a fan of narrative poetry such that there is a modest storyline in her poem when she writes: “’Twas mercy brought me from my pagan land”. It rather implies that the narrator was brought to America from Africa because of “mercy”; it is the same mercy that introduced and induced her to Christianity.
The essay shall focus on the thematic analysis of the short story, “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid and the poem, “On Being Brought from Africa to America” by Phillis Wheatley and judge the intricate relations between race, culture, identity, space and geography inherent and operational within the texts.
In Sembene and Devi's stories the overall social norms, or established practices of society, in India and Africa reflect that very little value is placed on women while Chopin's story reveals the prejudices of pre-civil war America and how they ruined the life of an honest woman.
The open discussion of emotional and sexual needs of women in the novel had a shocking impact on the readers of her time and was eventually not received well. But after some fifty years, people began to view the novel in a new angle accepting the notions of female sexuality and equality thus promoting the work as a classic.
Aurelie isn’t the epitome of feminism and she had let her male characteristics eclipse her femininity. She did not seem to possess maternal instincts and was not very forthcoming when she had to care for her neighbor’s children. She did not believe, like other women her age, that children were a blessing from God
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