Désirée's Baby Plot Diagram

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  • Louisiana, early 1800s
  • Exposition
  • Some days later...
  • Rising Action
  • Armand. Armand. Armand, look at our child. What does it mean?
  • Climax
  • It is a lie! Look at my hand, whiter than yours, Armand.
  • It means that the child is not white; it means that you are not white.
  • Some days later...
  • Madame Valmondé visits her adoptive daughter Désirée and her baby in the neighboring plantation L'Abri. She notices that after weeks of not seeing the baby, his features have changed drastically.
  • Falling Action
  • A few weeks later...
  • Désirée discovers that the baby's face resembles the little quadroon boy's. Terrified, she asks her husband Armand Aubigny, L'Abri's owner, what it means.
  • Resolution
  • Armand reveals that Désirée is not white; therefore, neither is the baby.
  • Désirée writes to her mother asking about her race to which Madame Valmondé vaguely answers asking Désirée to come visit her. Armand encourages her to leave and she walks away with the baby aimlessly into the bayou.
  • L'Abri's slaves light a pyre burning all of Désirée's and the baby's things at Armand's command. While he searched for the last of Désirée's letters to burn, he finds one from his mother to his father revealing she was black. Thus, Armand was the one with slave heritage, not Désirée.
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