Desirees Baby by Kate Chopin“She was thanking God for the blessing of her husbands love:– “But above all, she wrote, night and day, I thank the good God for having so arranged our lives that our dear Armand will never know that his mother, who adores him, belongs to the race that is cursed with the brand of slavery.”
Without knowing your past you cannot know your future, because your future will be the child of your past, your future will be born out of your past. Sounds like a true-ism. In other words, first it is necessary that your entire memory track be exposed to view, and especially the most intimate level. Good enough- but how then to unlock the memory track?
Or, going downwards on a logical line- In order to become aware of the future, it is necessary to become aware of the past. In order to be aware of the past, it is necessary to read the inscriptions traced on your body and on your mind. There are inscriptions on your body and there are inscriptions on your mind. Am I able to read these inscriptions? Not really, scarcely on a superficial level.
PS: Actually I read some and starting from scratch again, deeper than skin layer. Not even the color of my skin stays the same ??
Desiree's Baby by Kate Chopin
Desiree's Baby Summary
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The story opens with Madame Valmonde visiting Desiree and her baby. Desiree was a foundling discovered by Monsieur Valmonde. He found her "lying in the shadow of the big stone pillar," as he was galloping through the gateway to Valmonde. The general opinion was that she was left behind by a "party of Texans," but Madame Valmonde believed Desiree was sent to her by God as she was not able to have her own children. Eighteen years later, Armand Aubigny all of a sudden falls in love with Desiree when he sees her standing against the stone pillar, even though they knew each other since they were small children, ever since Armand and his father came from Paris, after his mother died. Madame Valmonde has a surprise awaiting her. Desiree remarks about how much he has grown.
A widely acclaimed, frequently anthologized story, it is set in antebellum New Orleans and deals with slavery , the Southern social system, Creole culture , and the ambiguity of racial identity.
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More about Racial, Social, and Symbolic Elements in Desiree's Baby by Kate Chopin
Armand, the protagonist in the story built a bonfire in the efforts of trying to erase away the memory of his wife Desiree, and his son. Throughout the short story many elements of symbolism was used to convey a central message those include discussing symbols of racism, social class distinction, and the symbolic elements involving the difference between the gender roles. The association …show more content…. In the story Zandrine the yellow nurse fanned herself and looked out the window over the fields. Racism between the cotton pickers and Armand was clearly present.