Back in the 19th century, racism was a huge issue among the people in that time period. In a story called Desiree’s Baby, racism was the main theme that was carried out through out the story. Chopincriticizes racism by showing how it changes attitudes and causes the death not only of Desiree but of her relationship with Armand as well. That just comes to show how racism can have a strong impacton individuals. It also shows, to what degree would individuals go in order for them to achieved their goals.
At the beginning of the story, Armand treats his slaves as if they were animals andfeels inferior to them, but his father was the complete opposite. But when his baby child was born, his attitude towards his slaves drastically changes. Some text that supports my idea is when Desireesays “he hasn’t punished one of them-not one of them-since baby is born” and she also comments “Negrillon, who pretended to have burnt his leg that he might rest from work-he only laughed, and saidNegrillon was a great scamp.” When coming across this event in the story, I think he starts to show some heart. The story starts to change its course when people begin to notice something wrong with thebaby. When Armand realizes that people are starting to act suspicious, he blames it on Desiree. Yet again, Armand starts to change his attitude towards Desiree, going from loving her to despising her.That shows the power of color, how one can change such strong feelings towards an individual just because he doesn’t want to be a part of a society lower than his.
When Armand starts to see thatpeople are noticing something odd with his child. He puts the blame on Desiree and tells her to leave his presence. I believe that, since nobody knows anything about Desiree’s history it would be easyto assume that she wasn’t fully white. I believe that putting the blame on Desiree, Armand can hope for society to pass judgment on him. I think, so that people won’t start to investigate the whole...
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