Analysis Of The Book ' The Magic Island ' Essay

794 Words Mar 9th, 2016 4 Pages
During the history between the United States and Haiti, we have had some first and second hand accounts from numerous people; whether they were writers like William Seabrook, journalists like James Weldon Johnson, or politicians like Frederick Douglass. Using diction, personification and imagery authors have reinforced as well as reshaped previous representations of Haiti culturally, politically and economically during the United States ' occupation in Haiti. Seabrook trough his text, “The Magic Island” reinforced previous representations of Haiti such as the idea that the country is lacking in terms of development and advancement; while Johnson reshaped previous representations of Haiti by showing that Haitians were capable and the Americans were at fault for many things including some of the things Haiti was faulted for though “Self-Determining Haiti”
The little Island we call Haiti has been portrayed as exotic, primitive, and underdeveloped. We have been pushed to believe that the land is filled with savages and forest. The country itself, through the reading of Frederick Douglass was feminized, and compare to the United States seemed weak. Authors such as Seabrook reinforce such ideas through the words he uses such as forest and through his description of the people living there. He also reinforces the idea that Haiti is primitive by comparing Voodoo, a religion that is culturally practice in Haiti to the early form of Christianity. Furthermore, he also compares what…

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