Selective Omniscient Narration and Implied Racial Attitude in Désirée’s Baby
Abstract: Désirée’s Baby is one of Kate Chopin’s famous short stories. It is remarkable for rich themes and regarded as one of the greatest short stories in the world. Critics tend to take Diseree' s Baby as a progressive work against racial and patriarchal oppression. Shen Dan reveals that the story subverts the racial politics in the surface text after a thorough analysis between the implied author and the subtext. In order to explore the idea of race, this paper makes a detailed analysis on the selective omniscient perspective through a close reading. The omniscient narrator mainly focuses on white people’s psychology and covers their disadvantages on purpose, while roughly depicts black people, which leads to a racial separation and reveals the implied racial attitude of the story.
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