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Characterization and Thematic Connection.  Named after Amer. Movie char.  Has no family; quiet and to himself  “most bored man [the narrator] ever.

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1 Characterization and Thematic Connection

2  Named after Amer. Movie char.  Has no family; quiet and to himself  “most bored man [the narrator] ever saw”  Plays cards  Leaves to America and changes for the worst  Key issues: ◦ Concept of becoming “americanized” ◦ Drinking, gambling, marital relationships ◦ “being a man among we men”- fathering a child = manhood?

3  Tone is diff.; narrator likes Popo  “poetic man”  Creating the “thing without a name” ◦ Always working but to what avail? ◦ Defines his identity ◦ Source of stress  Popo is a “man-woman”; his wife leaves him; he cleans up; she comes back; he is jailed for stealing to impress/play the working game  Concept of dreams versus reality

4  Looks just like his donkey and causes fear in narrator and town  He brutally beats his kids and his wife  Taunts narrator when he walk by  Elias excuses his father (29) as old and unintentional  Mother dies: worst funeral he has ever seen  Dolly giggles out of nervous incapacity for control  George finds a new woman but it is short-lived; opens a brothel; Dolly marries and then is humilated to her breaking point and leaves  George dies at the end; Elias attends funeral

5  Elais is diff. : Brains and determination  Elias attempts to pass Cambridge Cert. at the school Titus Hoyt runs  Wants to be a doctor  Narrator finds “litritcher” beautiful in Elias’ mouth  Receives 3 rd grade on exam; tries for 2 nd grade; teaches at Titus’s school; decides to be a sanitary inspector because he “like[d] the work”; tried to fly to places and pass the test- failed each time  Physical labor vs mental labor  Work versus education  Without education, cannot work in higher paying jobs

6  Man-man = mad; town left him alone  Ran for “every election” in the city  Never worked but was never idle (47)  Scribbled “schoooooool” when narrator went to school- equates to work  His “accent” was like an Englishman  Uses his dog to steal from town; used dog to get back at shop owner who threw him out  Used his dog to sully clothes and sheets so that they would become unusable and then thrown away so he could scavenge them  Sadly, his dog was run over  Saw “God” and attempts to use religion to get attention; state that he is the new Messiah  “stone me brethren”- went “crazy” and taken away for good

7  English was “so good that it did not sound natural”(57)  Poet; invites narrator over to eat mangoes- has a garden and tells story of one boy and his pregnant girl who are in love until she dies and he loses both  “look up at the sky”(60)- narrator forgets all of the “anger and the tears and the blows”  “the greatest poem in the world”- one line a month; he is not concerned with money  Poet not feeling well and tells narrator that all he said was a lie; poet then “vanishes” as if never existed

8  Big Foot never smiled, “looked” dangerous so inspired fear; his father beat him but was killed in a riot  Mischievous and mean (those who knew him knew him as such and not a comedian)  Americans were in Port-O-Spain: Hat had all kids begging and selling gum and choc.  Big Foot saves narrator from drunk soldier  Big Foot scared of the little dog: exposed his weakness and fear; cut his foot and narrator saw more weakness  Became a boxer and cried when he lost  Looks can be deceiving

9  Full of rage and tries to be a comedian beat his children (10 of them)  Hat does not think him funny and thinks he is lying to himself (83)  Harrassed neighbor Bhakcu  More like a ”bird” than a man  Wants attention to feel like a man; got drunk and threatened to beat up everyone; morgan and family left to country  He was caught cheating and his wife holds him up by the waist and scolds him: “For the first time…he was really being laughed at by the people…and it completely broke him” (90)  House catches on fire and fireworks go off and he is charged with arson– irony: his work and search for value causes him to have to leave

10  Hat says Titus is a thinker  Teacher and challenged the narrator; “one of the sadnesses in [his] life that [he] never fulfilled Titus’…hopes for [his] academic success” (97)  Believed in faith  Issues of the war are broached  Formed a literary club; took a trip to Fort George- Titus lies and all upset—Titus is a dreamer versus reality of education

11  Laura: 8 kids from 7 men  Narrator catches on to how Laura lives (109); she is a prostitute  Nathaniel moves in from “outside”: mistreats women  Calypso about beating women(111): “everyone needs a good dose of blows” – acceptable?  Laura beats Nathanial  Oldest daughter Lorna old enough for education and Laura wishes this for her child and for her not to become like her (115)  Lorna pregnant; Laura cries for the first time: Lorna: “swims out and out until [she] tired and can’t swim no more” (117)

12  Eddos works at a dump and deals with junk yet brushes his teeth all the time  Found a new pair of shoes at dump- they looked good  Collected books and proud to sell many of them for cheap- value is having them and not reading them (like Gatsby’s library)  Got a girl pregnant from a “wild Spanish looking girl” and when brought to him, it was obvious she was not his

13  Miss Hilton dies and new couple moves in: focus on gossip of small town  Man (Toni)was rude, drunk and even his dog ran away from him; soldier  Mrs. Herreria was white and had married him “to take care of him” ; she eventually leaves; ending imagery is her sitting in a lawn chair outside of a fancy house  Narrator’s mom befriends her and helps her

14  Ironic: Mr. Bhacku has no idea how to fix cars  Wants to feel value for his work as a man and fails  Narrator likes him for the same reason he liked Popo: he was an artist: “He interfered with motor-cars for the joy of the thing, and he never seemed to worry about money” (157)  Mr. Bhacku became a pundit for hinduism; how easy is it to become religious? How devoted is he?

15  Bolo warns against propaganda; war is over and he does not believe it; Amer. Soldiers leaving George V Park  Bolo was “born sad” (166)  Used to read the newspaper a great deal when the war broke out; played a “lottery” to find the missing ball  Bought into a housing scam due to having read about it in a magazine- lost faith/trust in news  Tries to leave to Venezuela; sells box cart to Eddos; got scammed again  “you see how black people is. They only quick to take, take. They don’t want to give. That is why black people never get on.” (174)  Secretly played the sweepstakes for 3 years and does not believe it when he wins

16  Edward, Hat’s brother; artist who liked to paint  Got a group together to go catch crabs  They looked suspicious so were stopped by the police (had a van and shovels)  Then “Hitler invaded France and Americans invaded Trinidad”( )  Edward changed and dressed like Amer. when the soldiers came; all trinidadians tried to become Amer.; worked out, drank white milk and showed off their arms, sang in public for attention  Has to get married due to “making girl pregnant”; Hat disagrees; she was dubbed “a modern girl” and disliked; edward lied to make it seem ok that he married her

17  Boyee and Errol are Hat’s nephews  Hat took 13 boys to cricket game; narrator learned Hat’s “…passion for impossible bets” (202)  Narrator sees that Hat enjoys life  Dogs resemble their owners and Hat has a tame dog  Has parrots  Hat got in trouble with the police for small things- watering down his milk to sell, cock-fighting  Discussion of the corruption of law in Trinidad (205)  Narrator noticed that Hat enjoyed simple things; did not need more  Hat brings a woman home (Dolly) and breaks up the Miguel Street Club  Hat’s wife ran away with all gifts that he bought her; Hat snaps and kills a woman –but not Dolly- and sentenced to 4 years  Narrator no longer a boy, but a man, left school and he “was earning money”  “When Hat went to jail, part of me had died”(214)

18  Narrator was drinking and acting wild  “Is not my fault really. Is just Trinidad. What else anybody do around here besides drink?”(216)  Wants to study engineering abroad, but onky one scholarship left, so decides to study drugs to go to London  His going away party was like a “wake”  Uncle Bhacku took he and his mother to the airport  He leaves while respectfully acknowledging his uncle’s artist self: he hears the “tappet knocking”  He sees his shadow: “a dancing dwarf” on the tarmac


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