Symbolism in"Desiree's Baby" by Kate Chopin
I enjoyed this story because it is rich of symbolism that was filled with hidden meanings.
Armand is the only white male and the master in his plantation. Being the white master is a reference that his quadroon son with Desiree has slave's root from his mother's side.
When Desiree’s baby has reached three months age, "there was something in the air menacing her peace", unexpected visitors from far-off neighbors and an awful change in her husband manner because the baby (Armand's son) doesn't look not purely white and he seems like one of La Blanche's boys.
La Blanche, whose name means without color or the white feminine, resembles Desiree. She is a white woman in appearance, but she had black and slave ancestors. La Blanche had that name because she is a white slave and she had a quadroon boy like Desiree baby and I think that La Blanche is a hint that Desiree might have a black ancestors like La Blanche, and that both of them had a quadroon child