Desiree’s Baby by Kate Chopin

Desiree’s Baby” is a short story, that I read as a requirement for my Contemporary Wold Literature class, that is written by Kate Chopin. The story was  originally published on January 14th 1893, as part of short story collection called Bayou Folk. Kate Chopin is a female author that has published two novels and roughly one hundred short stories. Most of her popular literary work is based in Louisiana and focuses on the lives of women.

In “Desiree’s Baby”, Desiree marries and has a child with Armand Aubigny, a French plantation owner in Louisiana. As the child grows, he develops some color leading Armand to accuse Desiree of not being white. The accusation leads to **SPOILER** Desiree taking the child and walking into a bayou. As Armand gets rid of everything belonging to them, he finds a letter. A letter written to his father, from his mother, the letter reveals that it is Armand that is not white, not Desiree.


***Post edited after a class discussion on the story, I realized that I completely missed that Desiree took her baby and walked into a bayou, committing murder/suicide instead of returning to her adoptive mother’s home.

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