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Thesis Statement (one sentence that sums up your specific interpretation of the story): "Desiree's Baby, by Kate Chopin, illustrates that dependence might be necessary to form healthy relationships, but being too dependent on another can be harmful.

Topic Sentence (sums up a major point about the story that helps support your interpretation): Desiree's dependence is essential to the positive relationships she forms with her adoptive family, the Valmondes, but, ironically, it also contributes to her vulnerability.

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 an orphaned toddler, her dependence leads to her adoption

 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):  Desiree valued by family, but completely taken care of by mother, father, servants, deepening 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 the Valmondes, Desiree, and Armand, but vulnerability, too

Topic Sentence (sums up a major point about the story that helps support your interpretation): Desiree's nearly complete 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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