Victims of Chauvinism based on comparative analysis of Dsires Baby by Kate Chopin and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

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Racial bias has the power to destroy everything associated with the mutual relationships of humans. This fact is revealed in the “Désirée’s Baby” when after Desiree gives birth to a child, everything changes for her. Armond becomes rude and unfriendly towards her and she finds no reasons for her own satisfaction of the situation nor she could ask her husband for his changed approach towards her: “An air of mystery among the blacks” (Chopin 280), and unexpected visitors from far away neighbors, all of which she was afraid to ask Armand to explain.

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Husbands in both the stories are so strongly bound by their prejudiced beliefs that they unwittingly produce grounds for the termination of their own marriage contracts. The authors have ironically portrayed the conditions of wife in the institution of marriage of those times. The narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” seems desperate to obey her husband but the ill-treatment compels her to be equally desperate to be able to speak her mind. Desiree wants the happiness of her husband at any cost and even ruins her own life for the purpose. Hers is a story of sacrifice full of tragedies. The women in “Desiree’s Baby” is portrayed as a seeker for spiritual and sexual freedom amongst the restrictive traditions of the nineteenth century society of the south. Besides the racial issues, the author has successfully explained how the people thought during that period. The story is full of symbolisms, ironies and themes though very short. Irony however composes most part of the story. Obviously, the story has aimed at identifying racial issues inside society. Armond’s racial chauvinism led him to expel Desiree and her child. Desiree was found abandoned by plantation owner Monsieur Valmonde and Madame Valmonde raised her as her own and she grew to be “beautiful and gentle”, very much loved (Chopin 279). Author Kate Chopin initially sets up Monsieur Armand Aubigny as a love struck and generous man. In spite of Desiree’s lack of name, Armand claimed he did not care, that he could give her “one of the oldest and proudest in Louisiana” (Chopin 279). During Madame Valmonde’s visit with Desiree to see the new baby, Desiree discloses the true character of Armond and the way Desiree expresses it is heart-touching. She is aware of her and child’s fate and her words reflect a longing for Armond’s love and care: “Oh, Armand is the proudest father in the parish, I believe, chiefly because it is a boy, to bear his name: thou he says not, — that he would have loved a girl as well. But I know it isn’t true. I know he says that to please me. And mamma,” she added, drawing Madame Valmonde’s head down to her and speaking in a whisper, “he hasn’t punished one of them — since baby is born. Even Negrillon, who pretended to have burnt his leg that he might rest from work — he only laughed, and said Negrillon was a great scamp. Oh mamma, I’m so happy. it frightens me.”(Chopin 280) Racial bias has the power to destroy everything associated with the mutual relationships of humans. This fact is revealed in the “Desiree’s Baby” when after Desiree gives birth to a child, everything changes for her. Armond becomes rude and unfriendly towards her and she finds no reasons for her own satisfaction of the situation nor she could ask her husband for his changed approach towards her: “An air of mystery among the blacks” (Chopin 280), and unexpected visitors from far away neighbors, all of which she was afraid to ask Armand to explain (Chopin 280). The chauvinism was operative to such an extent that Armond completely forgot his past love for his wife. The change in Armand was worse. he would no longer look at her and avoided home whenever possible. When he was home he avoided being around her and her child (Chopin 281).

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