But he has, it seems, a cruel character. We have to assume it is more than impulse, but if he really loved her, he most likely would not have turned her out. He ordered fine clothes and gifts for her from Paris and the two were married. In other instances, these characters pass for white, cutting off their black family members to do so. The race issue becomes more important once she enters the house.
The deeply ingrained cruelty of this patriarchal, white, slave-owning society rears its ugly head more and more as the story unfolds. Armand is by nature imperious and exacting, but she loves him desperately, and he has not frowned since he fell in love with her. Like Armand, Désirée is a destructive and hypocritical character. Kate is known for breaking the boundaries and writing about situations and incidents that would happen everyday but no one wanted to talk about. Armand is harsh with his slaves until Desiree enters his life and becomes controlling, angry and distant as the child's true genetic heritage emerges. Desiree having a child with black skin brings the essential factor to the story were the characteristics of Armand clearly show up. Historically, it was used, as Barbara notes, without rancor more often by whites and blacks.
I found a quote that sums up what she went through as a writer as well as a female in the twentieth century. Desiree had an outlet from the hellish atmosphere on the plantation in the form of her loving mother, Madame Valmonde, who offered asylum and support in a letter that instructs Desiree to return home with her son Chopin 418. Miscegenation was a cursed word, as the communities saw it as a crime and both the family and the baby were suppressed. 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. The irony is that the letter read by Armand from his mother reveals to him that it is he who is of mixed blood and not Désirée. They decide to adopt the girl and name her Désirée. Armand and Désirée do not appear again in anything else Chopin wrote, so all we have to work with is the words in this story.
Louis, like many families in the city, held slaves in the 1850s. Desiree Desiree, the central character of the story, is a foundling discovered by Monsieur Valmont on the gateway to his estate. This characterizes Armand as potentially capricious, rash, and reckless. He decided that if she did not have a family name, then he would give her his own, and soon they were married. At the end of the story, we learn that his wife was of partly black ancestry, and that Armand's parents kept this secret from their son.
The story takes place in southern Louisiana and her writing reflects her Creole-French descent. Although Desiree is delighted by the response, assuming it is because of the baby's recently cut fingernails, Madame Valmonde is astonished by the baby's appearance, recognizing the darkening pigmentation. Armand and Desiree had a son, who was having black skin as he was growing; what in the time, was considered a disgrace for the entire family and most important in this case, to Armand. Writers reveal certain things about characters to prepare the reader for the outcome. The characters of Desiree and Armand are opposites of each other.
She disappears into the bayou with her baby and is never seen again. Armand Aubigny appears as a key character in the story, since he is the starting point of the breaking down of the marriage with Desiree, the woman with whom he fell so violent and strongly in love, which showed the different characteristics that refers to Armand among the whole story. Last, this character has given me an image that mother is always a warm, lovely person. Though Désirée faces many difficulties in this society as a woman, her experience has not engendered tolerance or open-mindedness when it comes to matters of race. As she is slowly rejected by her husband, she asks if she should go. The story begins with the narrator speaking of Desiree, and how she was found lying asleep, next to the property entrance.
The baby is not seen again in the story. During that time period, the white men and women could not stand the black African Americans. His love for Désirée is conditional because it can be wiped away by shame. He no longer looks directly at Désirée and he goes out of his way to avoid her. Madame Valmondé picks up the baby and carries him over to the light from the window where she examines him closely.
We also learned that Chopin uses the motifs of self-discovery, hypocrisy, and destruction to illuminate the nature of racism and misogyny in the antebellum American South. When this story was published in 1893, it was the white man who ran the house and who ran the town. However, she loves her daughter and the baby, and she invites them to come live with her and her husband when Armand rejects them. Her laughter likely indicates a weakening of her mental fortitude, especially considering how cold and cruel her husband is being towards her. Throughout this short story, social status and how human relationships were dominated by power and appearance, become the center of the story. American Fiction: An Historical and Critical Survey New York: Appleton-Century, 1936. It is the last time the story mentions Desiree or her baby, leaving the reader to draw his own conclusion.
As Désirée struggles to understand the revelation about her baby, she tries to convince herself that she is not to blame. The image composed of a baby being nursed by his or her mother. She appeals to the nurse at the window, Zandrine, who did this task. Most parents are over protective of their children as they are always faced with the. Mary Boykin Chesnut writes about that in her diary. Armand accuses Desiree of deceiving him. She's described as 'beautiful and gentle, affectionate and sincere.