Day 4

Kate Chopin's Short Stories Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why does it take Désirée longer than anyone else to snotice the color of the baby's skin?

    Some students may believe that Désirée is willfully ignoring the child's appearance, not wanting to confront the truth. Others may believe that someone who sees the baby every day might not question his appearance until pressed to do so by her family and the rest of her household.

  2. 2

    Given Tante Cat'rinette's feelings towards Vieumaite and his family, what statements do you think this story is making about slavery? What do you think of that point of view?

    The implication of the story is that slaves and masters had very close relationships, bearing a lot of...

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