Survival in the Reign of Terror. Edwidge Dandicat “The Children of the Sea”. Outline. General Themes The author Edwidge Dandicat and Krik?Krak , the tradition and the collection of short stories. Haiti “Children of the Sea” –”survival” of humanity Questions the woman’s experience
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“The Children of the Sea”
(Ref. Martha Cobb Harlem, Haiti, and Havana http://reach.ucf.edu/~aml3930/danticat/ )
1. the Bahamas to the North East of Cuba
the Greater Antilles
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“ 惡魔).
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
※ dignity：avoid crying(p9), bathroom(p15)
※ his sense of identity:
Vulture 18; gossiping, and fighting 20-21
an old man like a painting, the boat like a museum 21
The man --cannot throw out the baby Swiss,
Communication between the old man and the man: name and message. 27
whether to rescue Madame Roger.
hope used as a weapon. 18Humanity at times of trial
Sex as a way of intimacy.
Tried to win the father over.
Don’t marry a soldier
Remember their “silly dreams”: “Passing the university exams and then studying hard to go until the end, the farthest of all we can go in school. (p.21)
Notebook as his will
The woman –
--loves some one in her life. 22
Listen to the exam result.
Writing under the banyan treeHumanity at times of trial (3) –Love
--a spiritual support, most trusted friend, holiness; can gods hear them?