Desires “circumstances of her childhood strip [her] of any true identity of her own” (Smith 72) Armband purposely didn’t answer her because he was ashamed that he married someone of the slavery race. Armband didn’t believe the ” almighty God had dealt cruelly and unjustly with; and felt, somehow, that he was paying him back in kind when he stabbed thus into his wife soul” (Chopin 4). Armband “few months after the birth of their child, the identity of the son begins to be questioned”(Smith 72). Armband couldn’t believe this was happening to him.
That the women he loved wasn’t white and his baby wasn’t whit either. But little did he know that he was also not fully white. Desire struggles to believe what happened to her through the use of metaphors; similes are also used to show the struggle. Similes are used to create the theme of lost identity. “The blood turned like ice in her veins” (Chopin 3). Desire “turned away like one stunned by a blow, and walked slowly towards the door, hoping he would call her back” (Chopin 4). Desire was shocked at what Armband says when they figure out that the baby “isn’t” Armband’s.
Desire was very upset do to the fact that she loved him very much and one thing will ruin their love for each other. Armband struggles with the fact that his baby is of the people that are cursed with slavery. He automatically thinks it was her fault. He never once questioned himself. The only logical explanation to him was she didn’t know her real family so it must be Desire. An identity crisis is what Desire goes through when she figures out she is adopted and doesn’t know her real family. Desire went soul searching to figure out everything about her childhood.