Tantie At The Oval

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Tantie at the oval narrated by Paul Kenn-Douglas describes tanty Merle drama from her preparing for the match to her behaviour at the sport. The events that took place demonstrate the frustration of her nephew who took his sixty-five year old aunt to watch a cricket match between Trinidad vs the Combined Island at the oval. The nephew was frustrated over her antics which contain her specific selection of a vehicle to her basket filled with sorrel and cakes to her cheering at the match. Based on the video “tantie at de oval” illustrates one aspect of Caribbean culture which is cricket. It creates a colourful dimension of the Caribbean lifestyle. In this think piece I am going to discuss about age, gender and race. …show more content…
The piece,”tantie at de oval’’ reflects the Caribbean culture in relation to the sports of cricket. It transcends age, gender and race. In the video Tantie Merle was given a birthday present to witness the match between Trinidad vs the Combined Island. In spite both nephew and aunt passion for cricket , there were difficulties infusing of age and gender. Tantie Merle being from St.Vincent was a supporter of the combined island where the nephew was supporting Trinidad. Tantie Merle nephew was opposed to the mode in which Tantie Merle expresses her passion for the sports; he believed that she was still in the pre-colonial era. Tantie Merle believed in being vibrant and made a bid issue in attending the cricket match where as her nephew believed in being simple. Two perspective of the sport is displayed however, the narrator perspective is the dominant one yet there remains Tantie Merle’s in today society. The nephew represents the typical male cricket fan, there remain the majority while Tantie Merle represents the minority which entail she would represent a different class of person. One can also say that there is a cultural difference within the Caribbean countries. While in St.Vincent Tantie Merle might not have been at the centre of attention however in Trinidad she …show more content…
Paul Keen-Douglas being the narrator of this piece is a Trinidadian writer. His stories entail colourful expression or language of the Caribbean which is the creole language. The language used is creole which is very colouful providing lots of vivid imagery. The narrator speaking in the daialect highlights the element of the Caribbean life, the dialectal language. For instance, the usage of “ Tantie” compared to “aunt/auntie” would demonstrate some form of authority or particular kind of power and presence associated with the “ Tantie “

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