December 7th, 2012
Feminine Sexuality, Feminine Freedom, Sexism and Relationship
“Desiree’s Baby”, “The Storm” and “The Story of an Hour” are all short stories written by the author Kate Chopin’s. Feminine sexuality, sexism, feminine freedom and male/females relationships are all related to these short stories. Chopin’s is known as an author for female independence and human sexuality. This can be seen more in “Desiree’s Baby”. Whereas, feminine freedom is expressed in “The Storm” and “The Story of an Hour”. Both women discovered their freedom and in some case this can also be the same for Desiree’s Baby. All three stories have relations to marriage and love to unhappiness. Each story will explain how feminine sexuality, sexism and relationships are associated with it.
Desiree’s was a young lady who was adopted by the Valmonde family as a toddler. She was adopted into a society which had great concerns with race. Unfortunately her skin was white so she wasn’t treated different, she also was asked for her hand in marriage by a man name Armand. Armand skin was much darker than Desiree’s but he was still considered white. After Desiree got married to Armand they conceived a child. Unfortunately the child revealed certain flaws which had the husband thinking. Armand considered himself to be specialized in recognizing one race. Everything was different as soon as his son was born. Armand was happy to have a son “A boy, to bear his name” (Chopin’s 302). He was a very proud parent until rumors went about and he realized his son is of mix race. Their baby resembles one of the mixed slave boys. Noted by Ellen Peel, Desiree “forces Armand to confront the contradiction he ignored in La Blanche” (229). Since the baby is mixed Armand is certain that this came from his wife. After realizing that her baby was mix she began asking her husband questions. Questions like what does her baby color meant? Armand knew that their son was...