Desiree's Baby by Kate Chopin addresses several issues that affect the people in the society such
as racism, Prejudice and marriage. The setting of the story is before the civil war in Louisiana.
The three main aims that the author addresses in the story include racism, Prejudice and
marriage. She aims to expose the inequities of racial subjugation and Prejudice. The main reason
why Chopin wrote the story was to broaden the views on the place that a woman holds in
society. The protagonist in the story is Desiree, who does not belong to anyone. Loving parents
adopted her after being abandoned by her parents.
Chopin addresses the effect of inadequate knowledge about one's heritage is likely to affect his
or her life. The parents do not have an idea about her ancestry and heritage. Desiree hopes that
she will find a real home after being married to a young aristocrat. Armand did not back down on
his decision to marry Desiree even though he is aware of the latter's history and shortcomings.
Desiree is happy after the birth of her son, who is biracial because he shows Negroid features.
Desiree then became worried when she noted that her child was biracial and that her aristocratic
in-laws could not accept a biracial grandchild. Her husband then tells her to leave together with
her child. They then move towards the swamp and the river. The readers are not aware of what
happened to her because the author does not talk about it. She concludes 'But above all,' she
wrote. '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
Racism is a problem that has a long history and has been affecting many people in society.
Chopin talks about the cruelty of social injustices and how it changes the lives of the people.
Desiree did not have control of who she was. It was her destiny, a situation that she found herself
in and had to accept it as it is. She did not deceive her husband into warranting her being sent
away; instead, she found herself in the situation as a result of her race and identity. The author
uses ethos, pathos and logos to teach the readers on the problems that the minorities go through
and that there is need to come up with measures that will ensure that they are protected in the
best way possible. It should be noted that the minorities did not choose to belong to the tribal
groups that they are in; instead, they found themselves there. The author uses various styles to
make the readers understand this fact as a way of protecting them against all manner of ills that
they face in society.
One of the significant lessons that Chopin aims to bring across is that true love is blind to colour
and cannot be limited by the race which a person belongs to. Armand breaks his marriage vows
by discriminating his wife because of her racial identity. It would be interesting to view the
reaction by Desiree if her husband was the one who was biracial. The author shows that most of
the people in society tend to be selfish and are always pursuing their interests regardless of how
they will affect the other people in the community. Most people do not think how they would
feel if they were treated in the same way that they treat other people.
Chopin also addressed the place that a woman has in marriage. In the old south, the women were
loved and cherished. They only contributed to the marriage by loving and respecting their wives.
The other roles of the women in the marriage included taking care of the homes, making sure
that their families are well-fed, be there for the children and be there at the husband's disposal.
The women did not have a say in the social, financial and political issues because everything
belonged to the man, including the wife. The aim of the author is to show how the stance that the
people had with regards to the women affected the lives of the people in the society. The
situation affects the lives of the women in the community and limits them from fulfilling their
potential. Everyone has the possibility of improving their lives in society. Desiree could not do
anything else but only focus on what her husband told her because that was all she was supposed
to do. There are serious repercussions when the wife fails to obey her husband’s instruction.
In conclusion, Desiree's Baby by Kate Chopin addresses several issues that affect the people in
the society such as racism, Prejudice, and marriage. The author gives essential information about
the effect that the problems have on the lives of the people in the society. Desiree is the main
character in the story and is used by the author to address the issues. The knowledge on how
racism, Prejudice, and marriage affect the women in the society gives an insight on what should
be done to ensure that the lives of the people are taken care of in the best way possible.
Chopin, Kate. "Desiree's Baby." (1893).