english essay 2 - Kristen Simon English 203 American Lit....

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Kristen Simon English 203 – American Lit. Essay #2 In Kate Chopin’s Desiree’s Baby, Chopin uses character, setting, theme and mostly irony to get her point across. If only Armand wasn’t so stubborn and ashamed of the truth then he would still have his child and his wife, but he let society get the best of him. In the short story a lot goes on in just a few pages. It is about Desiree, who was an orphan, and her husband Armand, who have a child. Armand is a middle/upper classed White whom falls in love with Desiree. When Madame Valmonde comes to visit the baby she realizes that the baby has darker skin then it did when she first saw the baby. One day Armand’s kind nature was no more and he was treating Desiree as if she didn’t exist. Desiree didn’t understand at that moment but one day, while looking at her baby, one of the slave children was in the room and she saw that the color of the two children’s skin was the same. “She looked from her child to the boy who stood beside him, and back again; over and over. ‘Ah!’ It was a cry that she
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could not help; which she was not conscious of having uttered. The blood turned like ice in her veins, and a clammy moisture gathered upon her face.” She then realized that Armand was so mad because he thought that she had “dirty blood”. So Desiree
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