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Studying ''Desiree's Baby'' - Chapter Summary
This self-paced literature chapter examines the short story ''Desiree's Baby'' in an engaging and easy-to-understand manner. Explore the chapter's lessons to learn about the story's setting, characters, literary devices, themes and more. Each lesson comes with a short practice quiz to help strengthen you understanding of these literary elements. You can use any computer or mobile device to access the chapter material, which allows you to study at school, at home, at work or wherever you happen to be. When you're finished working through the chapter, you'll be able to:
- Describe the short story's themes, setting and point of view
- Evaluate examples of irony, imagery and symbolism from ''Desiree's Baby''
- Analyze the story and its characters
- Understand what ''Desiree's Baby'' says about the topic of race
- Comprehend the story through discussion questions
1. Desiree's Baby Setting
Have you ever been to southern Louisiana? If so, you probably noticed the strong French cultural influence there, which is one among many national influences. In this lesson, we'll learn about southern Louisiana as the setting of 'Désirée's Baby' by Kate Chopin.
2. Desiree's Baby Themes
''Desiree's Baby'' by Kate Chopin (1893) is set in Louisiana before the American Civil War. In this lesson, we'll explore the literary themes in Chopin's short story as they relate to identity and racism.
3. Irony in Desiree's Baby
Irony is common in literature, including short stories. In this lesson, you will learn about how irony is used in Kate Chopin's short story, 'Desiree's Baby.'
4. Desiree's Baby Point of View
In this lesson, you will learn what point of view Kate Chopin uses in her short story 'Desiree's Baby,' and how this point of view is displayed throughout. Afterwards, test yourself with a brief quiz.
5. Desiree's Baby Imagery
If you are reading 'Desiree's Baby' by Kate Chopin, you may have noticed that some of the descriptions are vivid and easy to imagine. In this lesson, we will talk about just what that means and look at some more examples in the story.
6. Desiree's Baby Symbolism
In this lesson, we will examine the context and plot of Kate Chopin's 'Desiree's Baby,' and then we'll explore some symbols in the story, including color, fire, and the stone pillar.
7. Race in Desiree's Baby
Race plays an important role in Kate Chopin's short story ''Desiree's Baby''. In this lesson you will learn about this role, and how race affects the plot and character interactions.
8. Desiree's Baby: Character List & Analysis
Do you know anyone with deeply hypocritical or destructive tendencies? In this lesson, we'll learn about the characters in 'Desiree's Baby' and analyze how they exhibit and demonstrate some of the main themes in Kate Chopin's short story.
9. Desiree's Baby Discussion Questions
'Desiree's Baby' is a story of love, judgement, and resentment set in Louisiana prior to the American Civil War. The questions in this lesson are designed to help your students understand the attitudes and culture during that time in history.
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