Though this story does not make any explicit statements about the freedom a woman gets, when she is released from the marital bond, it clearly throws light on the sufferings of a woman bound in a bond. Would he hate himself because he is half black? It was an October afternoon; the sun was just sinking. . He has a dark heart, which makes him treat his slaves with cruelty, and cease loving his wife the moment, he nurtures a suspicion about her ancestry. The Southern antebellum world, the wealth of which was almost entirely based on African slavery, was another version of the feudal society of old Europe. Armand was born into a very wealthy family, who fell in love easily, very strict and owners of slaves. The second date is today's date — the date you are citing the material.
Realistic writers try to portray reality as it really is without needless embellishment. The pride cached within the Aubigny legacy comes to dictate his life and virtually every drastic decision he makes; he appears to live in constant fear of having his name tarnished. The antebellum period in American history refers to the first half of the nineteenth century the 1800s preceding the Civil War. Armand's father is a clear example of this. Realist writers and painters tended to reject artistic clichés and anything improbable or supernatural. This was what made the gentle Desiree so happy, for she loved him desperately. When he is upset, the ways in which his power intersects is emphasized.
She never comes back again. Throughout history, society had considered blacks a product or machine that their owners could buy and sell, and this is a reality that Armand is used to, so he prefers to sacrifice his own family to be considered part of that group he despises so much. Chopin was going about her normal life as a housewife until a bad thing happened. The half nakedness indicate how the blacks were stripped of their pride and dignity, the burn wounds are allegory to their sufferings, and Satanic dealing represents the attitude of the White conservatives, who showed no humanity or compassion towards their fellow human beings. In the case of Armand and Desiree, racism proves stronger than love as Armand sends Desiree and the baby away even though he loved them both dearly.
Slavery had already been abolished in France at the time, so the barriers for a Black and white marriage were not quite as severe as they were in the South at the time. God bless Categories Tags. Set in Louisiana in the mid-nineteenth century on two white-owned plantations some time before the Civil War, the story explores the psychological impacts of slavery and racial inequality. The passion that awoke in him that day, when he saw her at the gate, swept along like an avalanche, or like a prairie fire, or like anything that drives headlong over all obstacles. You are not born with one identity that you have to live up to, you make your own identity through the kind of person you are.
He absented himself from home; and when there, avoided her presence and that of her child, without excuse. When he smiled, she asked no greater blessing of God. She disappeared among the reeds and willows that grew thick along the banks of the deep, sluggish bayou; and she did not come back again. Virginia And Desiree's Baby 784 Words 4 Pages Signifying that Armand had calmed and settled down once he meet her, he was so in love with Desiree. This story fits into that mold as Chopin gives the details as clearly as possible and there are no fantastical elements included. No one knows who her family is, but we know that she has straight brown hair and white skin. It was no wonder, when she stood one day against the stone pillar in whose shadow she had lain asleep, eighteen years before, that Armand Aubigny riding by and seeing her there, had fallen in love with her.
The girl grew up very loved as well as beautiful and gentle. Thus, it is crystal clear that Armand had only contempt and anger towards the slaves, who toiled in his plantations and attended to all his whims and wishes submissively. He is not free to share the truth with anyone lest he lose everything he has. It was a sad looking place. Armand and Desiree have known each other ever since they were little so when they grew up they got married. Irony Despite Desiree being the one in the relationship to show more compassion, compromise, and commitment, she ends up at least the reader can infer dying after walking into the wilderness with her child.
Desiree talks to Armand if she is allowed to go back home. Comparing Désirée's Baby And The Birth-Mark 1367 Words 6 Pages Are Women Truly Property? You must know it is not true. Armand Aubigny and Desiree got married and had a child together. What did it matter about a name when he could give her one of the oldest and proudest in Louisiana? Desiree herself is overcome by racism that she says if it is true, she might as well die. His reputation and pride are established as his driving force, but also contribute to a hatred of anyone who is colored. She begs him to look at her to prove that she is white.
Having taken on so many identities clearly affects her at the end of the story when she decides to kill herself because of her inability to try to find a new identity and see life outside of Armand. He fell in love with a woman of African heritage and had to leave his home country in order to legally marry her. This short story is about a woman named Desiree, abandoned at a very young age, who grew up to fall in love with Armand Aubigny. Armand looked into her eyes and did not care. This story is set in the antebellum South, and this alone means that main white characters would have likely believed themselves to be superior to Black people. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
Later in the story, she has a child by Armand who had been fond of her from the time that they met. Not only is Armand a slave owner, but also he is a violent, abusive one. Desiree could have allowed herself to stay quiet, but her love for and anger towards Armand convinced her to stand up for her love, her child, her marriage, and later on her racial purity. She sat in her room, one hot afternoon, in her peignoir, listlessly drawing through her fingers the strands of her long, silky brown hair that hung about her shoulders. It is explicit that Armand never loved her for the person she is, and cared more about the color of her skin than her heart.
It is a story that was written during the antebellum period in Creole Louisiana and revolves around miscegenation. New York: Pearson Education Inc. I am sure that after he read this letter that he soon figured out why his father was so kind to the slaves and how it was wrong of him to treat his wife the way he did and immediately regretted his choices. Abandoned as a baby, she was found by Monsieur Valmondé lying in the shadow of a stone pillar near the Valmondé gateway. Previously, he was quite harsh to the people he enslaved. What does it mean? Denial At first Desiree is unable to comprehend the reason why Armand has become so hostile to her.