How is juxtaposition shown in Chopin's "Desiree's Baby"?

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literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Juxtaposition is shown in Chopin's "Desiree's Baby" when the quadroon boy and her own child are seen together. Juxtaposition is when two things are placed side-by-side and considered.

It is at this point in the story when Desiree notices the similarities between her own child and the servant/slave child.  Desiree has married Armand and he has given her his name.  His name is well known and he wished to share it with her- to allow her to have ownership over something so respected.

The moment that Desiree notices the similarities between her own child and that of the slave draws a very serious question to Desiree's mind.  How could her child, one born of two whites, be part black? Armand has obviously come to believe the same because he tells his wife that their child is black, she is black, and she must go and take the child with her.

Therefore, it is the juxtaposition of the quadroon child and her own which allows Desiree to consider the fact that her own child was partially black.

lynn63 | Student

Perhaps the most obvious juxtaposed situation in Desiree's Baby is the father having no love for his child and his love ending for his wife once the race issue comes to the front.