Survival in the Reign of Terror. Edwidge Dandicat “The Children of the Sea”. Outline. The author and Haiti Krik?Krak, the tradition and the collection of short stories. . Author~Edwidge Danticat. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti January 19, 1969
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“The Children of the Sea”
domination of Haiti to
under the leadership of
for 19 years
“Papa Doc” became
the president, ensuring his power through his private militia, the tontons macoutes (which means in kreyol, "uncle boogeyman").
Jean- Claud “Baby Doc”
succeed. By this time Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere (and remains so to this day).
-Divisions of race and class between blacks(about 95% of population) and mulattos(about 5%)
-Nearly all blacks speak Creole
-French is spoken mainly by the mulatto elite, and is the official language.
-An animistic African religion that has been melded with Catholicism
-80% people believe in Catholicism and 5% people are Protestant;Voodoo is popular among the farming society
One may lose one’s identification
on the boundless sea (p.9, 11)
--a spiritual support, most trusted friend, holiness
–boundless and unpredictable p. 6;
-- the sun associated with Africa pp. 11; 14; 27-28
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