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Fountain 1 Christie Fountain Ms. Patricia Burgey English 1101-02 25 June 2007 Seeing is Believing Ideas of love and marriage are based on the concepts of personal perception. Ones views are affected by outside encounters, therefore establishing a foundation for their beliefs. Kate Chopin suffered great losses of male figures throughout her early life. This caused her to shape her opinions through that of the widows who raised her. Their strong feminist outlook on life, paired with her anguish over losing loved ones, aspired her to take a contrasting view towards love and marriage in her passage “Desiree’s Baby.” In her time period, society had structured beliefs on how one should participate in marriage. Racial lines and family tradition marked firm guidelines for acceptance and support. Desiree writes to her mother in anger and confusion stating, "My mother, they tell me I am not white. Armand has told me I am not white. For God's sake tell them it is not true. You must know it is not true. I shall die. I must die. I cannot be so unhappy, and live."(Chopin 4) Desiree’s cries of death portray the severity of racism, especially in the confines of marriage. She has been taught not to love those of a different race, nor to associate ones self with them at all. If this fact were true, she would be a disgrace to her husband and new family.
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