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mes Chopin most wrote about but this short story is difficult to classify because of its really short nature, it also becomes difficult because the writer has left the conclusion to the readers. Miscegenation and slavery are also very important themes of this short story.
Inferior and superior are also important themes of Desiree’s Baby, it was always thought that the African Americans were inferior to the native Americans because of the color of their skin, the African Americans never looked as good as the native Americans and purely on the basis of their look they were considered to be much inferior to the native Americans, the story shows how the life of Desiree and her baby gets ruined because of this superior and inferior perception of the people. The very same thing is happening even today, African Americans are abused openly and considered to be much inferior to the Native Americans and absolutely nothing is being done about it.
The character of Armand is of prime importance in the story; his pride ruins everything in the story. Armand was a slave owner and was a very well respected man in Louisiana. “One of the oldest and proudest in Louisiana” (Desiree’s Baby)
His pride always came first for him and it was even more important than his own family which was quite a surprise to the readers, he asked his family members to leave just because their skin color was not white. The story is all about race and slavery, these two are the most important themes of this short story.
Armand asked his wife and baby to leave so that others could not make fun of him, others would have had an ideal opportunity to poke fun at Armand had he kept his family members with him because his family members were not white and he was a slave owner who dominated the blacks. “He no longer loved her, because of the unconscious injury she had brought upon his home and his name” (Desiree’s Baby)
The unconscious injury that Armand suffered from became a huge problem, he
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Both stories revolve around the female protagonists, who are justified in being centre of attention due to their distinctive traits. The family ties and bonding shown in the two stories represent the obligations a woman carries invisibly. The thin line between love and hate are the most evident aspects in those scenarios which delude the original feelings of love, of the stereotypes about salves.
On its part, The Raven is a poetic explanatory narrative explaining how the author, feeling lonely and thinking about his departed lover, at night, hears a tapping on his door, but cannot figure out who exactly would be at his doorstep at such an odd hour of the night.
Despite her foster father reminding the man about her unknown familial background, Armand claimed he did not care about it. He was so in love to even consider her name because he said he could give her a well-respected name in their community. Therefore he lavished her with the best and most expensive wedding dress.
Both stories are set in the eighteen hundreds, when rich white women were asked to act helpless and depend on men. We can guess that 'Desiree's baby' is a little earlier, because there are slaves, so it must happen before the American Civil War. At this time, black people had no rights in the American South.
Told from an objective point of view that allows the reader to interpret what is happening, I was at first convinced it would tell of a happy family situation, a reasonable assumption when a new baby has been born to loving parents and a doting grandmother is on the way to visit.
She traces back her memories to when Desiree was a baby herself and cannot imagine that she has a baby of her own now. The following lines express Madame Valmonde’s feelings towards Desiree -"It made her laugh to think of