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by Kate Chopin,Jacqueline Kinlow

  • ISBN: 1883049334
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Kate Chopin,Jacqueline Kinlow
  • Subcategory: Literary
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Commuters Library; Unabridged edition (May 1, 1994)
  • FB2 size: 1296 kb
  • EPUB size: 1581 kb
  • Rating: 4.4
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Désirée’s Baby is Kate Chopin’s short story, set before the American Civil War, about a baby and a racial crisis between a husband and wife. For over half a century, it has been one of Chopin’s most popular stories. Read the story online Characters Time and place Themes When the story was written and published What critics and scholars say Questions and answers Accurate texts Articles and book chapters about the story Books that discuss Kate Chopin’s short stories. Reading Kate Chopin’s Désirée’s Baby online and in print.

Full online text of Desiree's Baby by Kate Chopin. Why, it seemed but yesterday that Desiree was little more than a baby herself; when Monsieur in riding through the gateway of Valmonde had found her lying asleep in the shadow of the big stone pillar. The little one awoke in his arms and began to cry for "Dada. That was as much as she could do or say.

Written by Kate Chopin, narrated by Jacqueline Kinlow. These unabridged selections demonstrate her fine insight. Jacqueline Kinlow's performance is well-suited to the spirit of the works.

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Kate Chopin’s Desiree’s Baby is a powerful story about race, class, and the norms of society. The story was set in a period before the American Civil War. During that time, in Louisiana and the rest of the South, society viewed African Americans as being less than human. At that time, society was set up in a way which black men and women were at a position below that of white women. In turn, white women were second in class to white men. This social structure lends insight into Armand Aubigny’s disownment of Desiree and the baby. When Armand came to believe that Desiree was black, he fell out of love with her just as quickly as he had fallen in love with her.

By associating the baby solely with Désirée and not with Armand as well, Chopin succeeds in mirroring Armand’s . It is also from the beginning of the story that the reader realises that Chopin is exploring the theme of identity.

By associating the baby solely with Désirée and not with Armand as well, Chopin succeeds in mirroring Armand’s attitude to the baby. In Armand’s eyes, due to the mixed racial heritage of the child, the baby is Désirée’s responsibility and not his. As far as Armand is concerned, the child’s mixed race comes from Désirée and not from him and as such he wants no involvement with either Désirée or the baby. However as the reader learns at the end of the story there is a sense of irony about Armand’s decision.

A collection of eight of Chopin's best stories of Louisiana, including Desiree's Baby, which is concerned with slavery and racism, and the intriguing story, The Godmother, of a murder and an older woman's attempt to protect the son of the man she had loved. Unabridged
Reviews about Desiree's Baby (3):
In this poignant story the main character, Armand Aubigny, assumes that it is his wife's (Desiree) fault that their young son has Negroid features. He assumes this because when he first met and fell in love with her, she had no real knowledge about who her parents were and where she came from. Feeling shame and disillusion about his marriage, Armand forces his wife and son away from his home and life forever. But by the end of the story, he stumbles upon a family secret which makes him, not Desiree, directly responsible for the Negroid features of his son. He discovers that his own mother, " . . . belongs to the race that is cursed with the brand of slavery." This bit of irony in the end is cleverly done and establishes Kate Chopin's final point - that the only difference that exist between white and black, is in the imagination of a society that exclusively decides its own racial purity!
So this short story was one I had to read for my American Lit. Class and I was blown away. Often times it can be difficult to read older literature so I cheated and downloaded the free audio version from LibriVox.org. I personally find it much easier to comprehend if I hear it out loud rather than stumbling through the written words but I have included both the ebook and audio links to the story at the end of this post.

Desiree was found alone as a child asleep next to a stone pillar. She was taken in by the Madame Valmonde and loved as if she was her own flesh. Desiree grows up and marries Armand Aubigny who claims he is madly in love with her and states that he doesn’t care about her lack of knowledge of her own lineage. When she has his baby something “bad” is noticed in her child and she finds herself being pushed away from Armand.

Without giving any spoilers I have to say that this story was sad and ironic. There is a sad twist in the end and it makes you sit quite for a few minutes trying to understand what really happened. Did he set her up? Did he find out after it all went down? Oh so many unanswered questions but such a great read. I can see why it taught.

I highly recommend you check out this short story because not only is it a great tale but it is a classic that everyone should read.
Short story. Easy to read

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