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by Kate Chopin

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Discuss the role of race and gender in "Desiree's Baby."

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Race is definitive in determining the outcome of Kate Chopin 's short story, "Desiree's Baby," although its presence is ambiguous, and gender is indicative of the unfulfillment of the individual.  As a foundling, the race of Desiree is assumed to be white by the Valmonde's who adopt her. When her mother comes to visit and notices Desiree's baby's curious resemblance to Zandrine, there is the immediate suggestion that Desiree's mysterious origin may be tainted.  As Desiree notices the little quadroon's resemblance to her child as the boy fans the baby, she becomes...

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