Read the following:
Désireé’s Baby by Kate Chopin. This is another story by the same author who wrote last week’s Story of an Hour. It’s the only time in the term that we’ll be reading two works by the same author. I’ve recorded my own audiobook of the story for you, which you can listen to below in case that helps your understanding of it. If you use the audio, make sure to also be reading the text at the same time.
Respond to the following questions. SPOILERS — Reading the questions may ruin some of the story for you, so wait until you’ve finished reading it. ;o}
- Does Madame Valmondé know the truth about Désirée’s baby before Désirée herself does? Let’s look for evidence within the text. (Chopin offers plenty of clues.)
- Midway through the short story, Chopin likens Armand to Satan: “And the very spirit of Satan seemed to suddenly take hold of him in his dealings with the slaves” (p. 2). Although this is a turning point in the story, there are hints of Armand’s darkness from the very beginning. Let’s identify these clues in the first couple pages of the story.
- What are some themes in this story?
- What do you think Chopin is saying about race in America?
In addition to your main response, you must also post substantive responses to at least two of your classmates’ posts in this thread. Your response should include elements such as follow-up questions, further exploration of topics from the initial post, or requests for further clarification.