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

There are several examples of foreshadowing in the short story "Desiree's Baby." Some of these include the mysterious circumstances of Desiree's abandonment at the Valmonde plantation, the depressing state of the Aubigny mansion, and the reaction of Madam Valmonde when she first sees the baby.

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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 Armand Aubigny falls in love with her, marries her and takes her home, where in time she has a baby boy. Desiree's baby turns out to have dark skin, and when Armand notices he accuses her of having black ancestry and expresses his desire that she should leave. She and the baby walk into the bayou, where it is presumed that they die. Later, Chopin reveals that it is Armand that has an African American mother, and he probably knew this before he sent Desiree away.

With the literary device known as foreshadowing , the author gives hints or warnings of what is to come later in the story. There are numerous examples of foreshadowing in "Desiree's Baby," beginning with Desiree's mysterious appearance at the gate of the Valmonde plantation as a toddler. It is impossible to determine her ancestry, and so...

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