Symbols in Desiree's Baby
Symbols: Perhaps the central symbol in “Désiree’s Baby” is that of stone, which serves multiple functions. The stone pillar, for example, symbolizes the steadfastness of tradition and old norms, many of which are damaging. When Désirée is described in proximity or comparison to stone, it is her passivity and powerlessness that becomes most clear. The other key symbol is fire, which represents Armand’s passions, both lustful and violent.