Symbolism, Setting and Sexism in ‘Desiree’s Baby’

The miscegenation and racism which Kate Chopin’s short story “Désirée’s Baby” centers upon resulted in a daring piece of work by a female writer in the 19th century. These central themes are also linked to the story’s setting, symbolism, and references of sexism – all interconnected one way or another. In fact, it is Chopin’s … Read moreSymbolism, Setting and Sexism in ‘Desiree’s Baby’

The Glass Ceiling in Relation to Happiness

“The Yellow Face,” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and “Désirée’s Baby,” by Kate Chopin, both touch on themes such as racism, gender equality, hypocrisy, and identity. These stories can best be understood through one another and, when juxtaposed, reveal a greater theme. In these stories the female character is seeking approval of the male character, … Read moreThe Glass Ceiling in Relation to Happiness

How the Southern Hierarchy “Others” Black Women in Literature: Absalom, Absalom!, “That Evening Sun Goes Down,” and “Desiree’s Baby”

William Faulkner created Yokopatpua County to constitute a world in which his fictional stories/novels would take place and fit into the southern gothic genre. Within this town is tragedy, death, racism, gender role reversal, and a social hierarchy urging to be broken. Although he did not create this genre, his work certainly made it more … Read moreHow the Southern Hierarchy “Others” Black Women in Literature: Absalom, Absalom!, “That Evening Sun Goes Down,” and “Desiree’s Baby”