Desiree's Baby Literary Analysis

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Jones Grant Jones Hensley English 11/ Fourth Period 05 March 2018 Part 14: Rough Draft #2 “Desiree’s Baby” is a very different style from other stories and the way she writes her stories is how she looks out at life, often in different ways than most. Many things in this story are hard to catch and the author's style is very different for this time period. While reading the story hints are dropped, but they are very hard to pick up on. Kate Chopin always has a way of surprising you and leave you on the edge of your seat. Everything about “Desiree’s Baby is shocking, some contradictory, and it’s a different style from other authors of this time, many themes and devices are used in ways that were unheard of. In Kate Chopin’s “Desiree’s Baby,”…show more content…
In “Kate Chopin and Literary Convention: ‘Desiree’s Baby’ in Southern Studies, Vol. XX, No. 2” Emily Toth announces, “Although Chopin knew she was using conventional materials in these and other stories involving blacks, not all critics have recognized that fact” (Toth 97). This quote shows that many people did not understand or get Chopin’s writing style as it was very different from the writers of her day. Chopin had a different way of explaining themes and devices in her stories. Many people who read them did not agree with them, and often her stories were banned or rejected publishing. Chopin does an amazing job of portraying literary devices in “Desiree’s Baby” such as foreshadowing, and setting and local color by showing you how the story is going to go from the beginning only for it to change. In “Desiree’s Baby” Kate Chopin states, “But above all, night and day, 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 face that is cursed with the brand of slavery” (Chopin 5). The whole setting of this story was in the south during slavery, and showed how skin color can control everything including your life. This quote also shows the irony and trickery in Chopin’s story. This quote changes the entire mood,…show more content…
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