Danticat's The Missing Peace

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The idea of posterity is different, to everybody, and constantly changing to adjust to one another. When people come in contact with materialistic ideas, they come to pass a belief for the future generations. Throughout Danticat's novel, Krik? Krak!, lay the structures of different ideas of posterity. In a homeland where rights were once taken, leads the ambition to accommodate for the better for the next generations.
The concept of posterity, like day to day life, is constantly changing. Danticat demonstrates that during times of need, change has to occur. In the chapter ‘The Missing Peace’, a story about a girl who was named after death. Her mother had died while giving birth to her causing her grandmother to disapprove of her presence.
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“Haughty girls don’t get far….”
“I want you to call me by her name.”
She looked pained as she watched me moving closer to her… ”’Marie Magdalene?”’
‘“Yes, Marie Magdalene... I want you to call me Marie Magdalene.”’ I liked the sound of that.” (p. 105).
Lamort has denied her name that was given to her by birth. With the help of Emilie, Lamort has decided that she shouldn’t be locked down by what her grandmother thinks, but instead of how she feels. The accommodation of new ideas can lead to many disputes, but as time passes, they are taught to endure and get past their selfishness. In the chapter ‘Caroline’s Wedding’; a story about a daughter of an Haitian heritage marrying a man not of color. Although they have many different ideas, they come together in the end. Danticat pushes this idea of acceptance through the words of Caroline’s sister and mother,
“She has the right to choose who she wants to marry..”
“I am afraid she will never find a nice man to marry her….”
“Caroline is already marrying a nice man”
“She will never find someone Haitian.”
“It’s not the end of creation that she’s not marrying someone Haitian. No one in our family has ever married outside.” (p.
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In danticat’s novel, it is shown that you can’t truly change posterity, but you can adjust to change. In the chapter, ‘Children of the Sea’, a story about two lovers, one in the homeland while one on a boat to Miami, who were separated by the circumstances of a war torn country. They write about their daily lives in a journal, in hope that one day they would read each other's stories, but in the end they never did. While on the boat, he writes a journal entry. He articulates, “We spent most of yesterday telling stories. Someone says Krik? You answer, Krak! And they say, I have many I could tell you…” (p. 12). Though they pass knowledge to each other in stories, they can never really pass it on outside of the boat, but the idea of listening to ideas and learning from them is shown. If they weren’t on a boat, they would usually be passed onto the next generation while adding their own opinion into the story and create a folktale. Danticat also illustrates in the last chapter ‘Epilogue: Women Like Us’, a story about her ideas of gender and mystery of women. Danticat also touches the idea with her Haitian background. This chapter unifies all the chapters of her novel together while showing how the past affects the present. “When she was done she would ask you to name each braid after those nine hundred and ninety-nine women who were goilin in your blood, and since you had

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