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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):

 2. Your explanation of the evidence (what it shows that is relevant to your topic sentence):

 B. Support

1. Evidence from the story (relevant detail and/or quotation):

 2. Your explanation of the evidence (what it shows that is relevant to your topic sentence):

C. Support

1. Evidence from the story (relevant detail and/or quotation):

 2. Your explanation of the evidence (what it shows that is relevant to your topic sentence):

Topic Sentence (sums up a major point about the story that helps support your interpretation):

A. Support

1. Evidence from the story (relevant detail and/or quotation):

           2. Your explanation of the evidence (what it shows that is relevant to your topic sentence):

 B. Support

1. Evidence from the story (relevant detail and/or quotation):

 2. Your explanation of the evidence (what it shows that is relevant to your topic sentence):

C. Support

1. Evidence from the story (relevant detail and/or quotation):

2. Your explanation of the evidence (what it shows that is relevant to your topic sentence):

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