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ENG 1001 Home Page  Essay 3 Sample

Thesis Statement (one sentence that sums up your specific interpretation of the story): In "Desiree's Baby, Chopin illustrates that dependence can be an important component of healthy relationships, but she also strongly warns of the dangers of being overly dependent.

Topic Sentence (sums up a major point about the story that helps support your interpretation): Desiree's dependence within her relationships begins even before her marriage, in her upbringing in the Valmonde household.

A. Support

1. Evidence from the story (relevant detail and/or quotation): Monsieur Valmonde found her when "she was of the toddling age"

2. Your explanation of the evidence (what it shows that is relevant to your topic sentence): As a toddler, she's completely dependent on those who found her.

 B. Support

1. Evidence from the story (relevant detail and/or quotation): She was the "idol of Valmonde and thought to be "sent to her [mother] by a beneficent  Providence. . .

2. Your explanation of the evidence (what it shows that is relevant to your topic sentence): With such a status, Desiree completely taken care of by mother, father, servants, furthering her dependence on others

C. Support

1. Evidence from the story (relevant detail and/or quotation): Desiree was "beautiful and gentle, affectionate and sincere

2. Your explanation of the evidence (what it shows that is relevant to your topic sentence): Apparent mutual benefit for everyone, including Desiree, as a result of her dependence 

Topic Sentence (sums up a major point about the story that helps support your interpretation): Desiree's dependence wtithin her family carries over into her marriage to Armand Aubigny.

A. Support

1. Evidence from the story (relevant detail and/or quotation): "he could give her one of the oldest and proudest [names] in Louisiana"   

 2. Your explanation of the evidence (what it shows that is relevant to your topic sentence): Her identity depends on Armand's identity, thus also his reputation, status, wealth

 B. Support

1. Evidence from the story (relevant detail and/or quotation): "His rule was a strict one"

 2. Your explanation of the evidence (what it shows that is relevant to your topic sentence): He is the head of the whole plantation, including the slaves and Desiree. 

C. Support

1. Evidence from the story (relevant detail and/or quotation): "When he frowned she trembled, but loved him. When he smiled, she asked no greater blessing of God."  

 2. Your explanation of the evidence (what it shows that is relevant to your topic sentence): Her entire outlook on life determined by his moods.

Topic Sentence (sums up a major point about the story that helps support your interpretation): Desiree's overdependence on Armand is misplaced and leads to tragic results. 

A. Support

1. Evidence from the story (relevant detail and/or quotation): "miserable enough to die"

           2. Your explanation of the evidence (what it shows that is relevant to your topic sentence): Effects of the loss of his love--misery.

 B. Support

1. Evidence from the story (relevant detail and/or quotation): "quick conception of all this accusation meant for her"

 2. Your explanation of the evidence (what it shows that is relevant to your topic sentence): Losing Armand because of her race also means losing everything: social status, identity, etc. 

C. Support

1. Evidence from the story (relevant detail and/or quotation): "took the little one" and "disappeared among the reeds and willows that grew thick along the banks of the deep, sluggish bayou; and she did not come back again."

2. Your explanation of the evidence (what it shows that is relevant to your topic sentence): Details show that she ended her life and the baby's because of losing Armand, even though she still has the love of parents.

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