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    The Common Theme of Guilt “Psychology Today” refers to guilt by saying “Guilt and its handmaiden, shame, can paralyze us––or catalyze us into action. Appropriate guilt can function as social glue, spurring one to make reparations for wrongs. Excessive rumination about one's failures, however, is a surefire recipe for resentment and depression.” Guilt plays a role in the novels The Dew Breaker, The Kite Runner, and The Namesake and as each main character works through their guilt, they seek…

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    Human experience is deeply influenced by their past experiences, what we encounter in our daily life serve as platform to guide us or mislead our path in life. In “The Book Of The Dead by Edwidge” Danticat a Haitian writer, is one the short stories that accompanied her novel “The Dew Breaker”. The genesis of the story took place in hotel room in Florida when the writer introduces the narrator “Ka” and her father. Value and the weight of the past are one of the main matter that surrounded and…

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    Dialogue is a writing style that present the conversations between two or more characters on certain topics. Writers often use dialogues in literary works as a narrating technique. Dialogues can bring readers into the setting of the story and make them feel personally involved. The use of conversations also can reflect the major theme of the story through narrators’ exchange of ideas. Dialogues are also prevalent in African and Caribbean poems and stories, as seen from “Girl”, “Miguel Street”,…

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    written by a European man”, which indicates bias in a retelling of historical events, it gave Guy and his wife, Lili, “rare pleasure of hearing the voice of one of the forefathers of Haitian independence in the forced baritone of their only child” (Danticat 56-57). An image is implanted into Guy in which he views himself as the Other to not only the meant-to-be success story of the Haitian Republic, but also the very notion of success already being enjoyed by his very son. Guy is astutely aware…

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    Everybody belongs to a certain culture, and stereotype that forms or shapes a person's identity.There are many people who write stories to show the type of culture, stereotype, and identity he or she have grown into.Culture describes a person's background and traditions through generations. Stereotype describe society's image of a person or a community. Then lastly identity makes the person who they are through characteristics, experiences, and interaction with others. Some writers feel that…

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    and though the practice is a large part of Haitian culture, Westerners often view it as unorthodox and sexually abusive. Danticat depicts “testing” in her novel as a means of discussing postcolonial feminist issues which are often misunderstood and rarely even discussed in mainstream feminist literature. Similar to the internalized misogyny depicted in The Handmaid’s Tale, women in Breath, Eyes, Memory facilitate their own oppression by “testing” their daughters as they were once “tested” by…

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    Haiti's Sovereignty

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    harsh rule of previous Haitian President, Jean-Claude Duvalier to name only a few. Due to the nature of Duvalier’s Presidency, several articles were published questioning Haiti’s sovereignty by various authors residing in Latin-America such as Edwidge Danticat and David Kroeker-Maus. In one particular article entitled, Should Haiti Relinquish its Sovereignty, Professor Richard Albert poses the idea that following the aftermath of the brutal dictatorship of the Duvaliers (as well as several…

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    Obsolete Geography Essay

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    in class, identity has been a common theme. Forming an identity is imperative to the writers we have studied. Identity in relation to genetics, family, and overall lineage is something closely connected to Caribbean literature. Michelle Cliff, Edwidge Danticat, and Jamaica Kincaid all left their respective Caribbean homelands to settle into new environments. The writings include a deep search for a strong identity. These identities often take root in lineage, or a thematic link to genetics…

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    To achieve certain goals, people will go about life with high expectations. Therefore, pleasing the general population can be difficult, but so is living a life that follows every details from a rule book. In Breath, Eyes, Memory, by Edwidge Danticat, she portrays the concept of high expectations being thrive onto an individual in its true form; conflicting with relationships, culture and beliefs. She takes this aspect that people can connect to and reflect it back through allusions, cultural…

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    During the course, the class read the novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat. Over two weeks of classes, the class picked apart the book and found some subtles within the book. For example, while it was never specifically mentioned, the relationship between the characters of Louise and Tante Anie was more than what it…

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