By the Editors of KateChopin. The story takes place in Louisiana before the American Civil War. It is one of the few stories Kate Chopin sets before the war. The story was written on November 24, , and published in Vogue on January 14, , the first of nineteen Kate Chopin stories that Vogue published.
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Lauren has taught intermediate reading in an English Language Institute, and she has her Master's degree in Linguistics. Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course. Log in or Sign up. When you tell a story to someone, how do you tell it?
If it's about you, you probably use a lot of personal pronouns, such as 'I' and 'me. These are both examples of different points of view from which you can tell a story. The point of view of a story is the perspective from which it is told.
That is, who is telling the story, and how much of the characters' thoughts we can actually see. Every story has a point of view, and it can tell help give us further insight into the story and the characters. This lesson will look at what point of view is used in Kate Chopin's short story 'Desiree's Baby. To understand what point of view Chopin uses in her story, we must first understand the types of point of view.
There are four main points of view. So, which did Chopin use? Kate Chopin's story 'Desiree's Baby' is written from a 3rd person omniscient point of view. Let's look at how this is displayed in the story.
One way to tell the point of view of a story is to look at how the actions of characters are described outside of dialogue.
The sentence 'I was running late, so I picked up my pace,' would indicate 1st person. By contrast, the sentence 'She was running late, so she picked up her pace,' indicates 3rd person. Let's look at an example sentence from 'Desiree's Baby': 'Madame Valmonde had never removed her eyes from the child. This sentence describes the actions of Madame Valmonde using her name and a third person pronoun her , which indicates a 3rd person point of view. Looking throughout the story, we can see that the actions of every character are described this way, which tells us that the story is indeed written in 3rd person.
Once you have determined a story is 3rd person, you still have two options: limited or omniscient. To determine which is correct, you have to look at the thoughts of your characters. If it is 3rd person limited, you will only ever be given the thoughts of one character. If it is 3rd person omniscient, you will be given the thoughts of more than one character. Let's look at a few example sentences from 'Desiree's Baby.
Why, it seemed but yesterday that Desiree was little more than a baby herself. Here, we are given Desiree's thoughts and feelings. This conviction that she has is not something that could be observed by an outside party. Finally, we see into Armand's mind regarding the whole situation. In all three of these examples, the reader is given insight into what a character is thinking.
Since we look into the mind of three different characters, this tells us definitively that the point of view of the story is 3rd person omniscient. The point of view of a story is the perspective from which the story is being told. This perspective might be 1st person, 2nd person, or 3rd person. Within 3rd person, you could have 3rd person limited or 3rd person omniscient.
Kate Chopin's story 'Desiree's Baby' is told from a 3rd person omniscient point of view. We can tell that it is 3rd person from the use of names and 3rd person pronouns, rather than using 'I' which would indicate 1st person or 'you' which would indicate 2nd person.
Throughout the story, we are given the thoughts and feelings of several of the characters. This tells us that it is 3rd person omniscient, since in 3rd person limited, we would only have the thoughts of one character.
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Afterwards, test yourself with a brief quiz. Identifying Perspective When you tell a story to someone, how do you tell it? It uses 'you' and is giving the point of view of someone being addressed. We can see their thoughts as well as their actions, but they are referred to by their name or by 3rd person pronouns such as 'he' or 'she.
They are all referred to using their names or third person pronouns, but we can see what they are thinking as well as what they are doing. Action One way to tell the point of view of a story is to look at how the actions of characters are described outside of dialogue. Character's Thoughts Once you have determined a story is 3rd person, you still have two options: limited or omniscient. Try it risk-free No obligation, cancel anytime. Want to learn more?
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Desiree's Baby Point of View
Lauren has taught intermediate reading in an English Language Institute, and she has her Master's degree in Linguistics. Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course. Log in or Sign up. When you tell a story to someone, how do you tell it? If it's about you, you probably use a lot of personal pronouns, such as 'I' and 'me. These are both examples of different points of view from which you can tell a story. The point of view of a story is the perspective from which it is told.
It is about miscegenation in Creole Louisiana during the antebellum period. She is courted by the son of another wealthy, well-known and respected French Creole family, Armand. They marry and have a child. People who see the baby have the sense it is different. Eventually they realize that the baby's skin is the same color as a quadroon one-quarter African —the baby has African ancestry. She takes their child and walks off into a bayou , never to be seen again.
Desiree's Baby Character List
Desiree, the central character of the story, is a foundling discovered by Monsieur Valmont on the gateway to his estate. She is later raised by him and his wife, Madame Valmonde, who sees her as gift from God, as the couple cannot have their own children. Later, Desiree falls in love with a wealthy man, Armand Aubigny, and they get married. Soon she gives birth to a baby boy, who at first brings incredible joy to her and her husband, but later becomes a cause of sorrow.