Desiree's Baby Essay

482 WordsMar 2, 20112 Pages
Desiree was found “lying asleep in a shadow of the big stone pillar” by her father Monsieur Valmonde in Louisiana near the Valmonde gateway. Armand Aubigny had “fallen in love” with Desiree and she was his first love “…..he had not loved before.” Desiree was nameless and Armand didn’t care “What did it matter about a name when he could give her one of the oldest and proudest in Louisiana?” he ordered her a name from Paris and then they got married and then had a baby when it arrived. The people who see the baby get a sense that something is unusual about it. Madame Valmonde tells Desiree “This is not the baby!” because she has noticed that the baby’s skin color has changed. A shift in Desiree’s Baby is at the beginning Armand “had fallen in love with her”, “But Armand’s dark, handsome face had not often been disfigured by frowns since the day he fell in love with her.” But when Desiree’s baby gets three months old a change in the baby’s skin color became noticeable, that’s when his attitude changes. “When he spoke to her, it was with averted eyes, from which the old love-light seemed to have gone out.” Armand is starting to think Desiree is not white. “……that the child is not white; it means that you are not white.” Another shift is when Desiree and Armand first met he didn’t care about if she was white or not, “Armand looked into her eyes and did not care.” But when he begins to notice the change in the baby’s skin color that’s when her skin color became an issue. ”He absented himself from home; and when there, avoided her presence and that of her child.” Irony is presented in the story when Armand attitude towards Desiree changes. He loves her at first but when he suspects she’s not white he hates her. Simile is also presented in the story when Armand first falls in love with Desiree he feels “as if stuck by a pistol shot.” His feelings were “like an avalanche”,

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