This study guide will help you analyze the text “Désirée’s Baby” by Kate Chopin. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on plot and structure, themes, the opening, foreshadowing, characterization of Armand's love, development of the characters, and setting.
Title: “Désirée’s Baby”
Author: Kate Chopin
Genre: Short story
Year of Publication: 1893
Kate Chopin is an American author of short stories and novels. Her writings did not gain much popularity during her lifetime, mainly because they discuss controversial issues such as women's condition and inequality, which were still sensitive subjects at the end of the nineteenth century. She had lived in various places and had both French and Irish ancestors. After she married Oscar Chopin, she moved to Louisiana, where she learned more about slaves’ culture. “Désirée’s Baby” was probably inspired by her life in Louisiana.
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