Analysis Of Wall Of Fire Rising By Edwidge Danticat

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Haiti is a small country that has overcome many challenges in their history. In the late 1700’s Haiti was at was with France. He French enslaved over half of the population of Haitians. The slaves eventually had enough and started the war with France. There were many battles but they were finally able to gain independence from France and became free from slavery. This is where the setting of the story of Wall of Fire Rising by Edwidge Danticat takes place. The story is about a poor family that lives in Haiti where poverty is very high. Guy is one of the main characters in the story, he is a father and a husband that is struggling to support his family. Although Guy lives in a time of freedom, the reader questions if he is truly free. Guy jumps …show more content…
First, the country only has one major export in the story and that is sugar. Haiti is a big exporter of sugar so the only job opportunities for the men in this country is to work at their sugar mill. The jobs for this company are few and far between. There is a waiting list for a permeant job. Second condition, the country is in poverty because of the limited number of jobs and the limited products that are produced. The family in the story as well as everyone else in the story is living in high poverty. The wife even explains how to make the quench hunger. (Quote). Lastly, the government in the story seems to control what information that their people receive. There is only one television in the whole country and it is located near the sugar mill. On this television there is only one thing that plays and that is the news station sponsored by the government. The news is only played once a day at 7 p.m. and is locked up by a fence once the segment is over. Even though the people are enslaved they are no free to make their own decisions and are only allow to know what the government wants the people to leave so it is very understandable why Guy feels

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