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Appeal for Feminism: Comments about Désirée’s Baby

Abstract:Désirée’s Baby is one masterpiece of Kate Chopin’s short stories. This paper tries to analyze Désirée’s Baby from these points as follows: the background, characters, theme, technique of writing.

Désirée’s Baby is a short story written by Kate Chopin, who was an American author of short stories

and novels. She is now considered to have been a forerunner of feminist authors of the 20th century. Her works focus on women and feminism. Désirée’s Baby is an excellent piece of them.

Désirée’s Baby told us the tragedy of Désirée and her baby. Désirée was adopted and brought up by

Monsieur and Madame Valmondé. Nobody knew her identity or origin. Eighteen tears later, a boy named Armand fell in love with her and they got engaged soon. Although Armand was told that Désirée’s origin was obscure, he did not care at all. They lived a happy life after getting married. Désirée gave birth to a lovely baby, since which strict Armand was so happy that he did not punish the negroes. However, their delight did not last long. As the baby grew up little by little, Armand found that it was not white. His attitude towards Désirée and her baby changed into cold and cruel. Because he thought Désirée hurt him aa and he did not love her any more. When Désirée asked him whether she should leave, his answer was cold agreement. Taking her baby, Désirée left home. However, she did not go to Valmondé as Madame Valmondé asked. She jumped into the river with her baby sorrowfully and died. Several weeks later, when Armand burned the letters which Désirée had written to him, he found a letter from his mother to his father. He read it and found that he was not white.

This story was written in the year of 1893. That time, racialism and authority over the household

were all over the US. Women, especially black women were under the control of men. They had no right or freedom. They were just thought to be the tools of men. Kate Chopin herself was a woman of that time, so she had a clear and just point of view of women in that society. In addition, she experienced different lifestyles throughout her life. These lifestyles provided her with insights, understanding and allowed her

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