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Copy of "Desiree's Baby"
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If it was told from Desiree’s point of view we would know the e3nding of the story and the feelings she felt when she said " i can't stand not knowing the truth"
POINT OF VIEW
What is your reaction to the conclusion of the story? How does the story make you feel?
The theme of “Desiree’s Baby” is race should not matter and you should not judge others before looking at yourself.
1. (R) The setting of this story is taking place in(A) Louisiana. (C) Armand says "What did it matter about a name when he could give her one of the oldest and proudest in Louisiana?" (5). (E) It was a while back and you can tell because they used french words like"Madame Valmonde and Monsieur" and Louisiana is the only place that still uses it.
The exposition ends when we already meet the characters in the story. The rising action begins when Madame Valmonde sees the baby and says "this is not the baby!" (9). It begins there because thats when character already knows that the baby is mixed with something.
Man vs. Man
3. Madame Valmonde
The Protagonist in the story is Desiree.
(R) The author characterizes Desiree through her (A) affect on others. (C)Like in Paragraph 3 "For the girl she grew up to be beautiful and gentle..." (E) Desiree was taught to be nice and kind not self centered. She wouldn't fit the place of an antagonist.
The Antagonist is Armand.
(R)The author characterizes him through (A)his actions.(C) Armand is cold hearted throughout the whole story and he doesn't bother to stop Desiree when she leaves."Yes i want you to go(34)"(E) This explains that he is cold hearted and has no heart and he's fast to judge her for her color and race but he is black and or mixed.
Words for Desiree
If you could say something to Desiree before she left I would tell her I love you don't leave you can stay here and if your mixed it's okay I don't care about that I love you for you.
Man vs. Self
Man vs. Society
The man versus self conflict is presented in the story when Desiree thinks she can't stand living with the thought of her being mixed or black. This is man vs. self because she was upset about the fact that she might have been black or mixed and all of the this was happening in her head and she was thinking to herself.
The man versus man conflict is presented in the story when Armand and Desiree have the talk about Desiree being black or mixed. This is man vs. man because they have a talk and its only two characters. They also have a disagreement and a hurtful talk with each other.
The man versus society is presented in the story when Armand leaves Desiree for being black or mixed. This is man vs. society because this is a form of racism and that's when you treat someone diffrently because of there color or race and that's exactly what Armand is doing to Desiree.
Do you agree with Armand’s dad’s decision to conceal the truth about his heritage? Why or why not? Explain.
If it was told from Madame Valmonde’s point of view it would let us know why she was schocked when she saw the baby
The climax of this story is when Desiree realizes she might be mixed and her baby may be black.
The resolution is when Desiree leaves Armand and does not go back. Armad finds letters from his mom and dad, he fnds out that his mom is black. the letter reads"night and day, i thank good god for having so arranged our lives that our dear Armand will never know that his mother, who adores him, belongs to a race that is cursed with the brand of slavery."(47).
Choose several paragraphs from "Desiree's Baby." Rewrite the paragraphs from Desiree's first person perspective.
POV Switch Up
Write a sequel (a second short story) that explains what you think happened to 1) Desiree and the baby, 2) Armand, or 3) Desiree, the baby and Armand after the story ends.
2.(R) The setting of L'Abri is in (A)Louisiana. (C) In the story It explains " It was a sad looking place". "The roof came down steep and black like a cowl" (6).(E) It explains that this house has not had someone in it for a while and that it's a very old place and lacks happiness.