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1 Edwidge Danticat Krik? Krak! KENDRA AMIDON

2 Edwidge Danticat  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 Voudou and 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.

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