Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Love in Desires Baby, The Passionate Shepherd to His Love, and The Nym
Love in Desire's Baby by Kate Chopin, The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe, and The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd by Sir Walter Raleigh The socioeconomic condition and status of a person greatly impacts whether or not love will be reciprocated. That is evidenced by the story of Ã¢â¬Å"DÃ ©sirÃ ©eÃ¢â¬â¢s BabyÃ¢â¬ , by Kate Chopin and the poems Ã¢â¬Å"The Passionate Shepherd to His LoveÃ¢â¬ , by Christopher Marlowe and Ã¢â¬Å"The NymphÃ¢â¬â¢s Reply to the ShepherdÃ¢â¬ , by Sir Walter Raleigh. All these literary works relate love with socioeconomic status and how love is subordinated to societyÃ¢â¬â¢s norms. Ã¢â¬Å"DÃ ©sirÃ ©eÃ¢â¬â¢s BabyÃ¢â¬ is clearly a story about the clash of love and social status. It takes place in Louisiana in a time where slavery was still present and dictated the way of life. It is a story about love and how it can be plagued by racial divide. Armand did not care that DÃ ©sirÃ ©eÃ¢â¬â¢s past was unknown and decided to marry her. He probably didnÃ¢â¬â¢t care that much because as the saying goes: Ã¢â¬Å"what you donÃ¢â¬â¢t know canÃ¢â¬â¢t hurt youÃ¢â¬ . At the time DÃ ©sirÃ ©e had her baby things started to change. When Madame ValmondÃ © visited DÃ ©sirÃ ©e and the baby it was already obvious by her reaction that race and status were going to affect the love and the marriage. When Armand figured out that the baby wasnÃ¢â¬â¢t 100% white the marriage fell apart and it all ended. The fact that his wife was part black was to hard for him to bear, it was something unacceptable in society in those days. In an ironic twist of fa ith Armand then found out through a letter from his mother to his father that he was the one who was actually part black. The story clearly shows how status can interfere with love. As this passage shows it Armand loved DÃ ©sirÃ ©e: The pass... ...gh love is a personal feeling it still needs, most of the time, societyÃ¢â¬â¢s acceptance to become concrete. If society and its norms judge that a love shouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t happen and that it isnÃ¢â¬â¢t real (even if it is) it usually will not work out, it will be destined to fail. It is said that Ã¢â¬Å"all you need is loveÃ¢â¬ , but that is rarely the case. Most people feel like they need acceptance and that will not happen if they break societyÃ¢â¬â¢s norms, even love is subordinate to those norms. Works Cited Schilb, John, and John Clifford, eds. Making Literature Matter: An Anthology for Readers and Writers. Boston: Bedford/St. MartinÃ¢â¬â¢s, 2003. Marlowe, Christopher. Ã¢â¬Å"The Passionate Shepherd to His Love.Ã¢â¬ Schilb and Clifford 846-847. Raleigh, Sir Walter. Ã¢â¬Å"The NymphÃ¢â¬â¢s Reply to the Shepherd.Ã¢â¬ Schilb and Clifford 848. Chopin, Kate. Ã¢â¬Å"DÃ ©sirÃ ©eÃ¢â¬â¢s Baby.Ã¢â¬ Schilb and Clifford 864-868.