Critical Analysis of Desiree's Baby

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American author Kate Chopin, born in 1850, wrote two novels and about one hundred short stories during the 1890s. Most of her fiction is set in Louisiana and her best-known works focuses on the live of independent, intelligent women. Chopin is considered a “woman ahead of her time.” Her short stories were well received in her own time and were published by some of America's most prestigious magazines. Chopin's novels were mostly forgotten after her death in 1904. In the 1920s her short stories began to appear in anthologies, and slowly people came to read her works again. In “Desiree’s Baby”, a sense of karma and consequences is used throughout the story. The story explores the problem of a man’s pride overcoming the love he has for his wife and race. In “Desiree’s Baby,” Kate Chopin uses an ironic tone and imagery to show that judging someone on their outward appearance leads to the mistreatment of man. Irony is defined as the use of words to convey a meaning this is the opposite of its literal meaning. For example, when Armnad comes to find a letter, written by his mother, shows him that she “belongs to the race that is cursed with the bran of slavery.” Irony is shown at best here by the way Armand was so quick to judge others, even his own wife, that he did not bother to see if he could be, in fact, the “problem” that causes their baby to look different. The major problem throughout the short story is Armand’s pride overcoming the love he has for his wife Desiree. His problem, having too much pride especially for his family name, ultimately ruins his relationship with his wife and child. He feels as if everything revolves around himself and his name. Desiree has love for Armand and thinks he feels the same; Armand only cares about showing off his family and power. This problem can be solved by realizing that a family name is not what makes us who we are, it is
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