Desiree's Baby Literary Analysis

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Desiree’s Baby Literary Analysis 1. The setting of this story takes place during slavery times in Louisiana. The story's time setting also plays a huge role in Desiree’s husband actions. Because he is a slave owner, he must set rules with his slaves in order for them to obey him, and decides to expel Desiree and the baby from the home so that no one challenges his authority. The setting is very important and especially to Desiree because she gets blamed of being black and her baby too. Armand stops loving her just because of her color. 2. The Plot of this story is about how Madame Valmonde finds Desiree when she was little lying asleep in the shadow of the big stone pillar. Then when she grows up she has a baby and Madame Valmonde goes to visit her and her baby. Armand, being a slave owner when realizes that the baby is not white meaning that Desiree is not white he tells her to leave the house. Desiree feels sad and desperate because of the situation and writes to her mom for help. She tells Desiree to come home with her baby. Later on, Armand burns anything that belongs to Desiree and feels like he doesn’t love her anymore just because the shame she brought to his family. But he finds a letter from his mom saying that she was black. It was not Desiree who carried the Negroid blood, but Armand. 3. The main characters of the story are Desiree and the baby being the protagonist. Armand is the antagonist, who dominates Desiree because back in that time women did not have a vote like modern times. The main character changes ever since Madame Valmonde found her. She grew up and had a baby. She also realized how wrong Armand was about her roots. 4. The symbolism in this story is seen through the entire story. Chopin uses colors to symbolize the things she wants the readers to acknowledge. For example, when Desiree says “Look at my hand; whither than yours.

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