I'm writing a comparison/contrast essay on Chopin's "Desiree's Baby" and need some points which I can compare and contrast. I am comparing and contrasting two characters: Desiree and Armand. I have thought about comparing their background or marriage. I need at least three points.

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There are several differences and similarities between Desiree and Armand.

Desiree was an adopted child, and Armand was the biological son of his parents. Desiree never knew who her biological parents were. This is a major difference between them and why Armand believes Desiree has a black parent.

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There are several differences and similarities between Desiree and Armand.

Desiree was an adopted child, and Armand was the biological son of his parents. Desiree never knew who her biological parents were. This is a major difference between them and why Armand believes Desiree has a black parent.

Both Desiree and Armand love each other at the beginning of the story. They fall in love and have a happy marriage. This is obvious in two ways. First, that Armand's treatment of his slaves grows gentler after his marriage; this is a reflection of his happiness. Next, that Desiree simply walks into the swamp after trying to get him to let her stay. She loved him enough to stay with him even with his terrible attitude.

Both Desiree and Armand are happy about the birth of their child—until Armand realizes that the child is not white. Armand softens and is "the proudest father in the parish" at first. However, the way they react to their son once they know the truth is different. Desiree takes her son with her when she leaves because she still feels an attachment to him; Armand completely rejects him and sees him as a cruelty from God.

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The characters Desiree and Armand (from Chopin's short story "Desiree's Baby") both react differently to the knowledge that their child has African American blood (or "the race that is cursed with the brand of slavery" as stated by Armand's mother in a letter to his father). This could easily be one point which you compare and contrast the couple.

Another point of comparison would be both of their reactions to the slaves at L'Abri. Both come in contact with slaves in the text. Both also treat the slaves in similar and contrasting ways (at one point or another).

One last comparison that you could make between Desiree and Armand would be the how each regard the importance of a name. Armand was very happy given that he could provide Desiree with a name given she was adopted. The narrator states: "What did it matter about a name when he could give her one of the oldest and proudest in Louisiana?" Therefore you could look at what a name meant to each.

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