Dear Students,
As mentioned in class, this week the students will read Kate Chopin’s short story “Desiree’s Baby”. The students should read it twice and take notes of important facts. Then the students will answer on the question below with examples and citations from the story. The story should serve as an analysis of the situation presented within the story and not a summary.
Discussion Question:
Discuss how Armand’s and Desiree’s actions were motivated by and reflective of the stereotypes and assumptions in the American South during slavery. For example, if Armand’s baby has been 1/2 white instead of 1/8 white? The situation of interracial marriages? among other topics presented and questions that will come up with the story, as the students read the same.

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