Hopelessness In Edwidge Danticat's Krik? Krak !

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The hopelessness of being faced with suffering, poverty, and violence, gives only one option, to turn away. The novel “Krik? Krak!” by Edwidge Danticat, conveys the hopelessness in a oppressed society. In her novel, Danticat shows the false reality oppressed people create, dealing with the harsh realities of their lives to separate themselves from this society.

Danticat shows the hopelessness in the story “The Missing Piece.”
The story follows a girl named Lamort struggling in Haiti, earlier in the story, a friend of Lamort, Raymond, tells Lamort about a password that could save her life, “peace”. Later in the story, Lamort encounters 2 soldiers carrying what is perceived to be a protester or old government supporter, with the phrase “Alone
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Another point to add, in the story “Children of the Sea.” Edwidge is also able to convey the false reality as well, “Someone says, Krik? You answer, Krak! And they say, I have many stories I could tell you, and then they go on and tell these stories to you, but mostly to themselves. (pg.12)” Edwidge doesn’t necessarily say that this is “false reality,” but upon observing, its evident what Danticat is going for, “...tell these stories to you, but mostly to themselves.” the reader gets bigger idea of false reality, in a small phrase. The way Danticat emphasizes the passage gives the reader a interpretation of false …show more content…
This story follows a family of 3 Haitian women, Caroline, Ma, and Grace, Grave and Ma discuss Ma’s past, and Caroline’s choice in marriage when Ma says, “This is where we make mistakes, she said. ‘All hearts are stone until we melt, and then they turn back to stone again’ (170).” In other words, Danticat talks about a loss of hope, Edwidge is able use this and apply it to the book as a whole, it shows Haitian constantly being given hope, just to have it taken away. Even more, in the story “Children of the Sea.” One of the first stories displayed in the novel, Edwidge suggest the endless struggle people go through, this story follows the story of 2 lovers, and each side of their situation in Haiti, one of the phrases first said in the story is “They say behind mountains are more mountains. (1)” Edwide Advocates the hopelessness in the story, that no matter the overcoming of an obstacle, there will always be another to take its

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