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Works of Kate Chopin. Including The Awakening, At Fault, The Story of an Hour, Desiree's Baby, A Respectable Woman and more (Mobi Collected Works) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 992 KB
  • Print Length: 735 pages
  • Publisher: MobileReference (September 4, 2008)
  • Publication Date: September 4, 2008
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004L9LT4C
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jane Olson on June 1, 2009
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Works of Kate Chopin. Including The Awakening, At Fault, The Story of an Hour, Desiree's Baby, A Respectable Woman and more. Published by MobileReference (mobi)

This ebook is a great collection of Kate Chopin's writings. Chopin truly has a way of portraying women in her writings much differently than society in her day believed they should be. If you read her works knowing this, you will come to respect her work the way I have. I believe that in a time when women weren't allowed to speak out on the injustice they faced in society, and the belief that they couldn't be independent sexual creatures, Kate Chopin was making a stand in her writings to express how complex, independent, and sexual they really were. She is an amazing writer and this is an amazing collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo Vargas III on November 13, 2009
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Presumption
By: Stephanie Vargas

Kate Chopin's "Desiree's Baby" is a heart breaking short story with an unexpected ending. Chopin's intentions for writing this literature piece are to give the reader an understanding of the effects of racism and making presumptions. Racism has caused much heart ache and pain in the past and still causes problems today. During Desiree's life, people having a mixed baby or being in an interracial relationship were both considered to be taboo. Desiree's husband, Armand, jumps to conclusions when it becomes apparent that their child is part African American. In the end, Choppin gives the reader an unexpected twist when Armand gets what he deserves.

The beginning of the short story tells the reader about Desiree being abandoned by her biological parents. She is then saved by the Valmonde's, who take her in and raise her as their own. Later, Desiree is grown up, married, and is a new mother. She tells her mother how happy she is and how nice Armand has been to the slaves since the birth of his son. Armand's feelings of being a proud father change when the baby is only a few months old. The child's facial features and skin tone make it obvious that the he is part African American. Armand assumes that one of Desiree's biological parents or grandparents were African American. He is upset and no longer wants anything to do with his wife or child. He tells Desiree to leave and she walks out the house with her child, never to be seen again. In the end Armand is burning Desiree's belongings she has left behind; he finds a note that does not belong to Desiree. It is a note from his mother, written to his father, thanking God that Armand will never know that she is African American.
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By Tisha Robinson on September 16, 2008
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Works of Kate Chopin. Including The Awakening, At Fault, The Story of an Hour, Desiree's Baby, A Respectable Woman and more. FREE Author's biography and stories in the trial version.

This is an excellent collection of Kate Chopin's work. It leaves one with regret that she didn't get to write even more during her brief lifetime. Kate Chopin was very ahead of her time.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Fakier on November 13, 2009
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The Relevance of Racism
Lauren Fakier

Racism has and likely always will be a common problem throughout the world. The idea of people of different races interacting peacefully with each other is something that many cannot grasp. In past decades, slavery and segregation played a huge role in the operation of societies. Even today, older generations and those who were raised in prejudiced households frown upon interracial couples. Kate Chopin's "Desiree's Baby" is an excellent example of how racism can destroy a relationship.
"Desiree's Baby" is a short story that explores a crumbling marriage. Desiree, an abandoned child adopted by the Valmondé family, is happily married to the wealthy Armand Aubigny. She fawns over their newborn son, but it becomes clear to her that something is off with her son's coloring. Armand becomes distant, eventually telling Desiree that she is the reason why their son is part African American. He makes Desiree and their son leave, but upon burning all of her possessions, he discovers that it is he who is part African American.
Chopin touches on how certain characters react to the revelation that the baby is part African American. Desiree's own mother, Madame Valmondé, looks at the child and exclaims, "This is not the baby!" Desiree simply thinks she is referring to how fast the boy has grown. Armand, on the other hand, suffers a change in behavior. He ignores Desiree and becomes absent from their household. He falls out of love with her because she has humiliated him. Desiree herself is shocked at the accusation and thinks it is a lie, but she leaves with grace and dignity.
Chopin leaves readers unsure if Desiree simply walked away and started a new life with her mother or if she killed herself.
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By Louise on February 25, 2013
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Great collection at a great price. If you have not read Kate, you are missing out on one of America's best authors.
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