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“Desiree’s Baby” is an anthological short story written by a female American writer known as Kate Chopin. It was first published in the year 1893. It is a story that was written during the antebellum period in Creole Louisiana and revolves around miscegenation. Overly, the story explains how racisms had sunk deep into the hearts and lives of people in the 1800’s. Throughout the story, Kate Chopin tries to manipulate the minds of the readers successfully through images and words. He is able to touch the hearts of the readers by showing how people react when confronted by things such that in most cases they tend to ignore the world. In this paper, I am going to analyze the theme of the story Desiree’s Baby. It will include three theses with each paragraph having its own thesis. The main themes that are found in Kate Chopin’s story are slavery, and misjudgments love and racism.Firstly, this paragraph will focus on the theme of slavery as seen in Kate Chopin’s story. This story having been set in Louisiana on two plantations belonging to the whites in the mid-nineteenth century explore majorly the psychological impacts associated with racial and slavery inequalities. This is the period before slavery was banned in the US. In this story, we find that it’s the black slaves who are working in the white men’s plantations. Moreover, the manner in which the story explains on how Armand used to treat the blacks in his plantations supports the theme of slavery in depth. It is stated that “. 2 he hasn’t punished one of them—not one of them—since the baby is born. 3 Even Négrillon, who pretended to have burnt his leg that he might rest from work — he only laughed and said Négrillon, was a great scamp. Oh, mamma, I’m so happy; 4 it frightens me” (Chopin, 1893).Secondly, this paragraph will discuss the theme of racism and how it is evident in the story. It is very evident in the manner in which Armand behaves and reacts after realizing that the baby that her wife, Desiree had given birth was a mixed-race child. 3Armand and Desiree get into an argument over their baby, “Armand,” she panted once more, clutching his arm, “look at our child. 5 What does it mean? 2 Tell me.” He coldly but gently loosened her fingers from about his arm and thrust the hand away from him. 3 “Tell me what it means!” she cried despairingly. “It means,” he answered lightly, “that the child is not white; 4 it means that you are not white” (Chopin, 1893). In this case, Armand accused Desiree of being black herself together with their son and therefore end up sending them away. Armand views the blacks as very inferior people. Other whites had also warned Armand against marrying Desiree as her identity was concealed. 4 “He was reminded that she was nameless” (Chopin, 1893).Thirdly, the theme of love shows in Kate Chopin’s short story. Love in this story is seen to be very transformational and subversive. Notably, love, as shown in this text, is used to soften and show the concern that some characters have for others. The theme of love, in this case, can be explained through Armand and Madam Valmonde’. Madam Valmode’s love is seen when they adopt Desiree despite her improvised and mysterious background. 5 It is stated that “In time Madame Valmondé abandoned every speculation but the one that Désirée had been sent to her by a beneficent Providence to be the child of her affection, seeing that she was without child of the flesh.” They take care of her until she is married. This is maternal love (Chopin, 1893). On the other hand, Armand shows love to Desiree through lavishing her with kindness and expensive gifts as well. Surprisingly, Armand’s love for Desiree even changes the manner in which he treats the black slaves at his point of work from the time he married her. It is stated that “. 2 he hasn’t punished one of them—not one of them—since the baby is born. 3 Even Négrillon, who pretended to have burnt his leg that he might rest from work — he only laughed and said Négrillon, was a great scamp. Oh, mamma, I’m so happy; it frightens me.” Besides, the love that Desiree has for his husband makes her ignore some of her faults and cruelty (Chopin, 1893).In conclusion, this essay has featured the main themes. It has shown how love and racism have played a major role towards the development of the story’s plot. The main themes discussed in the essay are love, racism and slavery. Kate Chopin uses these themes to illustrate how these social ills were evident in the mid-nineteenth century. Racism and racial prejudice are the main themes with the other themes being interlinked in the two.4 Works Cited Chopin, Kate. 6 “DESIREE’S BABY (1893).” A Pair of Silk Stockings and Other Stories (1994).Champlin, Nikola. 2 “Désirée’s Baby Characters.” LitCharts. 2 LitCharts LLC, 26 Aug 2015.Web. 26 Nov 2017.Chopin, Kate, and Jacqueline Kinlow. Desiree’s Baby. Sound Room Publishers, 1993.