A Tale Of Rwanda By Jean Philipe Essay

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As we read a book, fiction or non-fiction, or watch a movie or drama series, what do we see and understand? Is it only a story or is there something more important the author trying to convey? In Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda, Jean-Philipe (JP) Stassen tells a story about a young boy, Deogratias, experiences before, during and after the genocide, the war happened due to the division between ethnics: Hutu and Tutsi. As the story progresses, it shows something significant in life that we can take as a lesson. While there is no denying that the event happened in Rwanda between the Tutsis and Hutus was very horrifying, JP Stassen’s deliberate illustration of Deogratias’ life and character in the book portrays the severe damage caused by the hatred and division between races, which put our faith in humanity in doubts. Deogratias’ unsympathetic character after the event shows the dangerous impact a war can cause towards a person mind and action. At the beginning of the story, it is clearly presented that there were hatred and misunderstandings between the Hutus and Tutsis. The “wall” between them is so thick that it caused discrimination and misrepresentation between the two ethnics. Discrimination between ethnics can cause unfair treatment, respect and judgment between people in the society. Apparently, the Hutus had the upper hand in the society and the Tutsis were viewed as “cockroaches” in their eyes (34, 57, 70, 72). This had caused the Tutsis to be viewed as mere peasants…

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