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Where is there foreshadowing in the short story "Desiree's Baby"?

The short story "Desiree's Baby" by Kate Chopin tells of a little toddler girl who is left at the gate of a plantation and then is adopted by Monsieur and Madame Valmonde. A plantation owner named...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2020 12:51 am UTC

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In “Désirée’s Baby,” do you think Armand already knew about his Black ancestry?

When Désirée looks at her child and understands that the child is of mixed race, she confronts Armand, asking him what the baby’s skin color could possibly mean. When he enters the room where she...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2020 11:20 am UTC

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How To Write A Theme Statement

When teaching my students how to write a theme statement about any story, I typically guide them through the following series of simple steps. Examples of each are provided for this short story....

Latest answer posted September 20, 2012 2:29 am UTC

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Explain why Desiree had no option and had to die in "Desiree's Baby."

Desiree's death is necessary for her because she feels the shame and pain of her unknown origins and therefore believes that she is the reason that the baby has African features. Desiree's own...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2009 6:06 am UTC

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How does the setting of "Desiree's Baby" affect the story?

The short story "Desiree's Baby" by Kate Chopin takes place in Louisiana, in the Deep South. It is placed inin the antebellum era, or the era before the American Civil War. Mr. and Mrs. Valdemonte...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2020 4:10 pm UTC

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In "Desiree's Baby" by Kate Chopin, did Armand truly love Desiree ?

In “Desiree’s Baby” by Kate Chopin, Armand Aubigny and Desiree Valmonde appear to be in love when they marry. Despite being told by Desiree’s adopted father that he did not know anything about...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2013 5:57 pm UTC

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What does the letter which Armand's mother wrote to his father symbolise in "Desiree's Baby"?

The letter at the end of this excellent story is of course a wonderful yet devastating example of situational irony, as we realise that the dark-skinned gene came not from Desiree, as both we and...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2011 2:59 am UTC

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What do the three colors symbolize in "Desiree's Baby"?

Since you don't specify the colors you are referring to, I'm going to assume you mean skin colors. Skin colors are referred to as white, black, and yellow. White stands for the ruling class of...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2016 2:46 pm UTC

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What is the central problem in "Desiree's Baby"?

First of all, it is important to understand that the story line of a short story typically revolves around the central problem, also called the "conflict." This means that events in the story are...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2012 3:10 pm UTC

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Why do you think "La Blanche" had that name?

The character La Blanche in Kate Chopin's "Désirée's Baby" is important throughout the story. The name itself is significant, as has been said, because it literally means "the white." This entire...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2019 8:04 pm UTC

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Desiree's Baby Analysis

It is always difficult to definitively discern an author's purpose in writing a text, unless we can ask them directly, but we can assess and analyze what a text does achieve. This particular text...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2020 5:18 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast "Desiree's Baby" and "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin.

Both stories are at their cores about women in unhappy, unequal marriages. While Mrs. Mallard and Desiree both love their husbands, they are not allowed to be their equals. Mr. Mallard dominates...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019 12:38 am UTC

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What is a character analysis of Desiree in "Desiree's Baby" by Kate Chopin?

A character analysis of Desiree reveals that she is a gentle and loving young woman who feels no shame nor inferiority because she was a foundling abandoned by the road when a toddler, then found,...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2011 5:58 am UTC

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Armand's slavve How, specifically, does Armand treat his slaves?

"And mamma," she added, drawing Madame Valmonde's head down to her, and speaking in a whisper, "he hasn't punished one of them - not one of them - since baby is born. Even Negrillon, who pretended...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2011 2:14 am UTC

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La Blanche

"La" is a feminine article, and "to blanch" means to make white or pale by extracting color; to bleach. Example: Michael Jackson blanched his skin. So, "La Blanche" literally means "the white...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2010 2:45 am UTC

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What becomes of Desiree and her baby?

When Desiree's husband discovers that his child is half African American, he tells Desiree to leave. She walks off the plantation, not using the road but seeming to head in the direction of her...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2016 7:06 pm UTC

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What is the mood of "Desiree's Baby" by Kate Chopin?

There is certainly a sense of foreboding in the story. We learn of Desiree's sad beginnings, awakening in the arms of a stranger, in a strange place, and crying for her "'Dada.'" Whether she...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2018 12:25 am UTC

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In the plot of "Désirée's Baby" by Kate Chopin, what is the setting, and how does this affect the mood?

Because the story takes place in antebellum Louisiana, the French names and background of the characters lend a special aura of remoteness, elegance, and mystery for most English-speaking readers....

Latest answer posted February 23, 2020 6:56 pm UTC

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What lesson we can learn from the story of "Desiree's Baby"?

Another lesson we can learn from this story is that we sometimes tend to think we are more tolerant or accepting than we actually are. Armand is an example of someone who appears to be very...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2016 8:52 pm UTC

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In "Desiree's Baby", why does Armand marry Desiree without considering her origins?

Armand was infatuated with Desiree from the moment he first saw her, so his decision to marry her was rather impulsive. He wanted what he wanted, so Desiree would be his. He doesn't consider her...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2019 3:58 am UTC

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What is the writer's goal for Desiree's Baby?

One of Kate Chopin’s goals in writing the short story “Desiree's Baby” was to show the damaging effect that racism has on people. Chopin does this through severe irony. Chopin sets up the character...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2015 8:54 pm UTC

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Desiree's baby In the story desiree's baby can somebody please explain to me would Armand's treatment of his wife be...

I think the answer to this question depends on where you are talking about in the world. Unfortunately, issues of skin colour and race are still just as prevalent in some sectors of society as they...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2011 9:57 pm UTC

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What meanings are associated with the names Desiree, La Blanche, and L'Abri, and how do they relate to the story?

In French, the name, Desiree, means desired one, and Desiree is, in many ways, the desired one of the story. When she is found, as a baby, by Monsieur Valmonde at the entrance to his home, she is...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2017 12:44 pm UTC

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What is the resolution of "Désirée's Baby"?

The resolution of a story takes place after the climax. It is the part of the story where the conflict comes to an end. In Kate Chopin's "Désirée's Baby," the resolution comes after Désirée and her...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2017 9:27 pm UTC

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Armand's slave How, specifically, does Armand treat his slaves?

While Armand is married happily to Desiree and enjoying the expectation of their coming baby and the final ecstasy of the infant's presence, he treats his slaves with kind good humor, even turning...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2011 6:12 am UTC

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In Chopin's "Desiree's Baby," why had Armand's mother never left France?

Chopin's "Désirée's Baby," published in 1893, explains early in the story why Madame Aubigny, Armand's mother, never left France: Old Monsieur Aubigny having married and buried his wife in France,...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2019 12:53 pm UTC

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How do I come up with a thesis statement for "Désirée's Baby"—referring to racial undertones (including the irony of...

Your thesis statement should directly address a question or discussion point and summarize your whole argument. Often, it is easier to write the thesis statement after you have created most of your...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019 7:52 am UTC

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Examine the character of Armand from Desiree's baby. Does he have any redeeming qualities or not? What motivates him?...

Armand is the owner of the Louisiana plantation called L'Abri. He is very wealthy and owns many slaves. He was born in France, but his father brought him back to the plantation as a child. It is...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2016 7:09 pm UTC

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In "Desiree's Baby" by Kate Chopin, what is the significance of the little quadroon boy fanning Desiree's baby with...

In Kate Chopin's short story "'Désirée's Baby," the little quadroon boy who fans the baby is significant because he is the key to the mystery of the altered appearance of Désirée's baby. Because...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2018 7:04 pm UTC

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How does the revelation at the end of the story "Désirée's Baby" contribute to the story's theme?

The last line reflects not only the short story's racial themes but also the theme of a mother's love and how that love can instinctively affect the decisions you make later on in life. The racial...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2019 4:24 pm UTC

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Why does Armand believe that Desiree is the reason her child is not white, in Desiree's Baby?

Desiree was abandoned as a baby and was taken in by Monsieur and Madame Valmonde, who were a wealthy couple living in Louisiana. The background of Desiree's parents is unknown. When Armand, another...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2015 2:23 pm UTC

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In Chopin's "Desiree's Baby," how does Armand react to the birth of the baby?

In Chopin's "Desiree's Baby," Armand is characterized as an extremely impulsive individual. First he falls in love with Desiree when he first sees her, marries her quickly--regardless of her...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2010 4:12 am UTC

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What is the meaning of the phrase "he was reminded that she was nameless" in the context in which it appears?

Close to the beginning of Kate Chopin's story "Desiree's Baby," there is a flashback that explains Desiree's background and how Armand fell in love with her. Desiree was a foundling; the Valmondes...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2016 3:07 am UTC

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What is the social message that "Desiree's Baby" portrays?

The overwhelming force of this great story is to present the concept of racism as being something that is completely man made, and therefore only having the power that men ascribe to it. Of course,...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2011 8:20 pm UTC

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Why didn't Desiree go back to Valmonde?

When Desiree confronts Armand about their baby's appearance and asks him what it means, Armand tells her, "It means the baby is not white. It means you are not white." Although the story doesn't...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2016 11:36 pm UTC

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What did Armand have to put in the bonfire?

A few weeks after he throws his wife, Desiree, out of his house for giving birth to a black baby, Armand Aubigny orders his black servants to build a bonfire in the backyard and burn everything...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2019 4:51 pm UTC

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Did Armand truly love Desiree?  

In the beginning, Armand truly loved the idea of being with Desiree. His station in life was such that he could have all the things he desired, including Desiree. He did not care that she was...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2019 2:25 pm UTC

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In "Desiree's Baby," why do you think there was an "air of mystery among the blacks " and frequent visitors to L'Abri...

Among the slaves at L'Abri there is wonderment at the appearance of Desiree's baby. Certainly, they would be able to recognize a mulatto, as mixed light-skinned blacks were termed during the time...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2013 2:22 am UTC

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Why is Desiree suspected of being black?

Because their baby resembles the quadroons of the plantation, such as the "yellow nurse woman," Zandrine, and the little boy who waves a fan one day as he stands near the baby, Armand Aubigny...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2015 8:47 am UTC

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Bases on the character of Desiree, what conclusions can be made about a woman's place in society?

Kate Chopin's short story "Desiree's Baby" makes a very poignant statement on a woman's place in society. This story tells of the relationship between Desiree and Armand Aubigny. Desiree, an...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2018 9:07 pm UTC

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Before the last few lines of "Desiree's Baby," are there any clues given by the author which hint at the true cause...

Your question relates to a literary term that is called foreshadowing, which we can define as the way in which authors give certain hints early on in stories about what will happen later on. Often,...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2011 8:44 pm UTC

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In "Desiree's Baby," what's the meaning of the phrase: "He was reminded that she was nameless"?

In the story, Monsieur Armand Aubigny fell in love with Desiree when he spotted her standing against the stone gateway of the Valmonde estate. Accordingly, Desiree was adopted by the Valmondes as...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2016 7:14 pm UTC

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What effect does a third-person narrator have on our perception of "Desiree's Baby"?

The key word in regards to a third-person narrator, especially in Desiree's Baby, is the word "limited" or "omniscient." In this case, our third-person narrator is definitely "limited" and we can...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2015 12:52 pm UTC

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Do you think Armand burnt the last letter with the rest? Why or Why Not? Do you think Armand burnt the last letter...

Yes, I agree that Armand would never retain that letter and must have burned it because it is the only proof of his heritage, a heritage that he obviously finds loathsome and disgraceful. We get...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2017 9:27 pm UTC

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How does the narrator’s description of L’Abri, from Madame Valmonde’s point of view, develop the mood of the text?

Armand Aubigny's plantation, L'Abri, compels Madame Valmonde to "[shudder] at the first sight of it [...]." The narrator describes the property as a "sad looking place," which had not been...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2019 11:40 am UTC

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What is the conclusion of "Désirée's Baby"?

The conclusion of "Desiree's Baby" is tragic: Desiree's child is dark-skinned, which implies that either she or her husband Armand have African ancestry. In the Antebellum South of the setting, to...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2019 6:02 pm UTC

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Why do all the American characters in "Desiree's Baby" have French names?

The story "Desiree's Baby" is set on a plantation in Louisiana. That area was colonized by the French in the 17th century. That is why even today many placenames and people's surnames...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2008 10:56 pm UTC

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Which characters are dynamic in Kate Chopin's "Desiree's Baby"?

A dynamic character has to undergo some kind of fundamental and permanent change throughout the course of the story. Desiree may be quite saddened by Armand's behavior—obviously she feels that she...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2019 11:42 am UTC

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What is the significance of Desiree's response to Armand's belief that she is not white: "It is a lie; it is not...

The significance of Désirée's response to Armand's belief that she is not white is that her physical features—skin color, hair color, and eye color—are her only proof of being white. She cannot...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2018 3:07 am UTC

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Why did Madame Valmondé shudder at the sight of LÁbri when she got there to see Desireé and the baby? Also, would you...

Madame Valmonde had not seen Desiree and the baby for four weeks. When she reached L'Abri she shuddered at the first sight of it, as she always did. Here are the reasons why: Personification: "It...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2010 1:28 am UTC

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