Short Fiction

Desiree's Baby

Written in 1892, Kate Chopin’s short story “Desiree’s Baby” explores the racism and sexism prevalent in mid-19th-century Louisiana by examining the relationships between husband and wife, parent and child. The story centers around the young Desiree who was adopted into a wealthy Louisiana family and eventually marries a wealthy Louisiana plantation owner. The cruel and unforgiving restrictions of this patriarchal, white, slave-owning society feature prominently in this tale. Chopin skillfully conveys the intersectionality among the classism, sexism, and racism prevalent at the time, as well as the consequences for those trapped within.

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