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Edwidge Danticat Krik ? Krak !

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  1. EdwidgeDanticatKrik? Krak! Kendra Amidon

  2. EdwidgeDanticat • Born in Port-au-Price, Haiti in 1969 • Her parents left for America when she was an infant and she was raised by her Aunt and Uncle in Haiti • Went to America at the age of 12 and lived in a Haitian-American neighborhood in NY • Writing was her solace from her identity disorientation

  3. Main Themes • Gender • Water • Voudou (Religious Symbols) • Lineage and preservation of history • Passed mostly from mother to daughter through oral story telling

  4. Danticat’s Style • Colloquial style • Story telling within the story • An oral story is usually explained to the main character of something happening in the past • This leads into the title “Krik? Krak!” • Historical/Religious symbols • As a post-colonial narrative tool, there is a mix of Catholicism and Voudouand historic events that are not often explored outside of Haiti • Focusing on one family/character and how that event related to that person

  5. “Children of the Sea” • Written as corresponding letters • The boy, a member of the liberation front, has fled Haiti on a boat • The girl has been stuck in Port-au-Prince, listening to the violence of the macoutes • The letters are never sent to one another • (Butterflies as symbols)

  6. “Nineteen Thirty-Seven” • Josephine visits her mother in prison, recalling memories with her mother • Yearly pilgrimages to “Massacre River” on Josephine’s birthday • The day that Dios Trujillo had ordered Haitians in the Dominican Republic be slaughtered • The lineage of the women whose mothers were killed in the Dominican Republic is preserved • “Sister…life is never lost, another one always comes up to replaced the last” (48).

  7. “Night Women” • A prostitute practices her profession in the same room as her sleeping son • Her struggles as a mother trying to provide for her son and also shield him from the reality of her work • “Shadows shrink and spread over the lace curtain as my son slips into bed. I watch as he stretches from a little boy into the broom-size of a man, his height mounting the innocent fabric that splits our one-room house into two spaces, two mats, two worlds” (83).

  8. “Between the Pool and the Gardenias” • Marie finds a dead baby in the street and names it Rose • She cares for it to fill the void after her miscarriages • She tells the baby stories about her female ancestors • She pretends that she is not the servant in the foreigner’s household, but that it is hers. • She makes up a fantasy life with the man she had an affair with once and Rose as their child • The man she had an affair with finds her finally burying the baby and calls the gendarmes, accusing her of witchcraft and killing the baby for evil purposes.

  9. Questions?