Got a tricky question? Receive an answer from students like you! Try us!

Exclusion in On Being Brought from Africa to America and Desires Baby - Essay Example

Only on StudentShare
Author : delphine05

Summary

Desire's Baby" by Kate Chopin and "On Being Brought from Africa to America" by Phillis Wheatley are powerful works that depict the painful emotions of women who are excluded from desirable states and spaces solely because of their color. "Desire's Baby" is narrated in the third person, but Wheatley's poem is a direct address to the reader…

Extract of sample
Exclusion in On Being Brought from Africa to America and Desires Baby


Exclusion was among the first of Desiree's experiences, but more fortunate events shielded her consciousness from any immediate injury. Exclusion from the womb into the world must have been more traumatic for her than her exclusion from the world of her birth parents. Fate directed her toward the childless Valmonde couple who happily adopted her and showered their love on her, refusing to speculate unprofitably on the riddle of her origin: "Madame Valmonde abandoned every speculation but the one that Desiree had been sent to her by a beneficent Providence to be the child of her affection, seeing that she was without child of the flesh." When she was found, the child had been old enough to cry for 'Dada' but she soon shed all those memories and "grew to be beautiful and gentle, affectionate and sincere - the idol of Valmonde."
This pleasant state of existence was not disturbed even when Desiree left her foster parents to live with her husband Armand Aubigny who had seen her once and "fell in love, as if struck by a pistol shot." The words of caution spoken by Monsieur Valmonde pass unheeded, the "obscure origin" of his would-be bride is nothing to Aubigny, it mattered nothing to him that she was 'nameless': "What did it matter about a name when he could give her one of the oldest and proudest in Louisiana"
For another year Desire continued to l ...
Download paper

Related Essays

Baby Boomer Generation
Furthermore, this paper aims to elaborate on the impact of the generation on American culture and future prospects for baby boomers.…
5 pages (1255 words)
America
The idea of America brings to ones mind the picture of a land that promises liberty, equality and fairness, economic well being, innovation and most of all, individual freedom. The Statue of Liberty in a way depicts the idea of America. The Statue of Liberty stands for enlightenment and freedom from oppression. The inscription on the Statue of Liberty reads, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door." This very inscription shows…
3 pages (753 words)
Desiree Baby by Kate Chopin
Later, in a surprise ending reminiscent of Maupassant, Armand is having all reminders of Desiree burned when he discovers a letter from his mother to his father which reveals that his mother had had Negro blood. (Fitz, 78-91)…
3 pages (753 words)
Shaken Baby Syndrome
Today, SBS is recognised as a form of child abuse through out the world and there are laws to protect the child from SBS. This is a serious problem and it is estimated that about 25% to 30% of infant victims with SBS die from their injuries. It is important to note that nonfatal consequences of SBS include varying degrees of visual, motor and cognitive impairments that will last all through life. Studies have also found that the direct costs of child maltreatment are $24 billion annually while indirect costs often exceed an estimated $69 billion annually in USA (2001) (National Center for…
5 pages (1255 words)
Shaken Baby Syndrome Essay
Accordingly, the possible amount or degree of the damage to the brain it could acquire depends upon the forces and the duration of the shaking or related violent causes.…
6 pages (1506 words)
Africa
In order to loot the wealth of Africa, politicians encouraged the internal wars in Africa. As a result of that no economic developments or infrastructure development took place in Africa. Even though globalization brought huge opportunities to the poor countries, because of internal agitation and poor infrastructure facilities, Africa failed to exploit it. African people knew only to fight irrespective of the age differences. In other words, wars were in their blood at the time of birth itself. Africa needs to learn from these mistakes and concentrate more on the development aspect of the…
5 pages (1255 words)
africa
This resulted in the continent losing its strategic significance (Kapstein 385). The economy fell so low that the continent depended on donor aid. Despite this, back home Africans were investing a lot in their economy. This also attracted direct foreign investment, which played part in development of the economy.…
2 pages (502 words)