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Desirees Baby by Kate Chopin depicts a marriage torn apart by the Social structure of the times The author portrays the adverse effects of the role of race and slavery and the effects on the people of the pre-civil war south A love between two young adults gets subjected to the trials of race and ends up a burning failure The idea of racial obscurities is proven throughout the story The day Desiree and Armand fell in love everything was perfect Armand was proud to have Desiree and was willing to give her one of the oldest and proudest names in Louisiana 83 even though he is warned by Monsieur Valmond that she has an obscure origin Origin was an issue in this time and Chopin wanted to emphasize this Origin was in part what race she was This would later destroy the relationship along with his fathers secret Years earlier Armands father Monsieur Aubingny had fled to Paris with his colored wife before Armand was born When Armand was young his mother died A Man of great power left his plantation out of fear of persecution for marrying a negro all because the society of the times As Desirees and Armands baby grew older the child began to change arousing the curiosity of the slaves Chopin again adds race to her story The baby had begun to resemble a negro Desiree does not notice this but does notice Armands Dark and Handsome face 84 Soon Armand pushes Desiree away because he thinks she is black It means He answered lightly That the child is not white it means you are not white The ongoing issue of race and Armands pride in his name are addressed In our day and age race is not a question in love but in the south during these times romantic relationships between blacks and whites was unacceptable and in some cases unlawful In precival war America blacks were not
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