Everything you need to understand or teach Desiree's Baby by Kate Chopin.
"Désirée's Baby" opens with a brief history of the foundling, Désirée, who was adopted by the Valmonde family after they found her by the side of the road. The Valmondes were childless, and they took in the toddler and raised her as their own child. When Désirée becomes a young woman, her beauty attracts the attention of Armand Aubigny, a neighboring plantation owner and bearer of one of the finest names in Louisiana. Although Désirée's father reminds Armand that Désirée's heritage is unknown, Armand says that doesn't matter, that he will give her a new name.
Birth Brings Happiness
After their marriage, Désirée gives birth to a son. One day Madame Valmonde comes to visit. When she first sees the child she is surprised and exclaims, "This is not the baby!" Desiree laughs, believing her mother is talking about how much the child has grown. She boasts of her child. When Madame... View more of the Desiree's Baby Summary