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Cruel World

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Cruel World

During the twentieth century, many Haitians lived a life full of poverty and terror;

do to the many wars and epidemics that were established in the country. Throughout her

novel Krik? Krak!, Edwidge Danticat depicts the violence, brutality and cruelty her

people suffered during that time. In her first two stories, we get a glimpse of the horror in

which the Haitian culture had to endure. Whether it was a group of protesting students

getting gunned down, a young women being gang raped, or an innocent women being

sentenced to life in prison because she was believed to be a witch, the terror and horror

seemed endless. How could a human being treat another in such a manner? How could a

Haitian treat another Haitian with so much cruelty and have that kind of malice for his

own people? Danticat shows us the pain of her people through her words and

demonstrates their healing power through her various short stories.

In her first short story, "Children of the Sea" we are introduced to two young

adults who are in love with one another but who are separated because of the terror which

existed in their Haitian society. Because they feared for their lives, they had to part in

hopes that they would stay alive to see each other once again. The society in which they

lived was became incredibly violent due to the Haitian army trying to rid the country of

anyone who was against the government or who they thought was a traitor. The army or

macoutes, as they were referred to, were cruel and ruthless. One of the young narrators

in the story wrote in her journal "a group of students got shot in front of fort dimanche

prison today…. our neighbor madan roger came home with her son's head…. the

macoutes by the house were laughing at her. they asked her if it was her dinner" (p.7).

The mascoutes mocked and laughed at helpless women carrying around the head of her

dead son, who they had previously shot. They shot him because he didn't agree with the

government and its policies.

But the mascoutes did not stop at just taunting Madan Roger, they also severely

beat her. "the soldiers came looking for her son. madan roger was screaming, you killed

him already …. he hated you like I hate you criminals. you killed him.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the country suffered from many wars and epidemics.
  • Analyzes how macoutes by the house were laughing at her. they asked her if it was her dinner.
  • Narrates how they shot their dead son because he didn't agree with them.
  • Explains that the country suffered from many wars and epidemics.
  • Analyzes how macoutes by the house were laughing at her. they asked her if it was her dinner.
  • Narrates how they shot their dead son because he didn't agree with them.
  • Explains that the country suffered from many wars and epidemics.
  • Analyzes how macoutes by the house were laughing at her. they asked her if it was her dinner.
  • Narrates how they shot their dead son because he didn't agree with them.
  • Analyzes how the haitian culture suffered during that time. in her first two stories, we get a glimpse of the horror in which the culture had to endure
  • Asks how a human being could treat another haitian with such cruelty and malice.
  • Introduces two young adults who are in love with one another but are separated because of the terror which existed in their haitian society. the army was cruel and ruthless.
  • Analyzes how the mascoutes used cruel and unusual punishment on the haitian people.
  • Explains that soldiers would hold a gun to the head of man and make him sleep with his daughter or young man. if they resisted they would shoot them.
  • Narrates how the soldiers tied up lionel and his mother, then took turns raping celianne, who was only fifteen years old when the callous group of men raped her.
  • Describes the impact of imprisonment on an innocent woman. she was accused of being a witch and was beaten by an angry mob.
  • Narrates how she looked gray, her teeth were dark red with blood, and her skin looked as if it were going to fall off because it was so loose.
  • Explains that the guards would shave her head and make other inmates throw cold water on her so that her body would not be able to muster up enough heat to grow wings.
  • Opines that life in haiti during this time was not easy.
  • Analyzes how danticat shows us how unfair life can be and how cowardly and heartless some people are. it is hard to believe humans can treat each other the way they do.
  • Analyzes how the haitian culture suffered during that time. in her first two stories, we get a glimpse of the horror in which the culture had to endure
  • Asks how a human being could treat another haitian with such cruelty and malice.
  • Introduces two young adults who are in love with one another but are separated because of the terror which existed in their haitian society. the army was cruel and ruthless.
  • Analyzes how the mascoutes used cruel and unusual punishment on the haitian people.
  • Explains that soldiers would hold a gun to the head of man and make him sleep with his daughter or young man. if they resisted they would shoot them.
  • Narrates how the soldiers tied up lionel and his mother, then took turns raping celianne, who was only fifteen years old when the callous group of men raped her.
  • Describes the impact of imprisonment on an innocent woman. she was accused of being a witch and was beaten by an angry mob.
  • Narrates how she looked gray, her teeth were dark red with blood, and her skin looked as if it were going to fall off because it was so loose.
  • Explains that the guards would shave her head and make other inmates throw cold water on her so that her body would not be able to muster up enough heat to grow wings.
  • Opines that life in haiti during this time was not easy.
  • Analyzes how danticat shows us how unfair life can be and how cowardly and heartless some people are. it is hard to believe humans can treat each other the way they do.
  • Analyzes how the haitian culture suffered during that time. in her first two stories, we get a glimpse of the horror in which the culture had to endure
  • Asks how a human being could treat another haitian with such cruelty and malice.
  • Introduces two young adults who are in love with one another but are separated because of the terror which existed in their haitian society. the army was cruel and ruthless.
  • Analyzes how the mascoutes used cruel and unusual punishment on the haitian people.
  • Explains that soldiers would hold a gun to the head of man and make him sleep with his daughter or young man. if they resisted they would shoot them.
  • Narrates how the soldiers tied up lionel and his mother, then took turns raping celianne, who was only fifteen years old when the callous group of men raped her.
  • Describes the impact of imprisonment on an innocent woman. she was accused of being a witch and was beaten by an angry mob.
  • Narrates how she looked gray, her teeth were dark red with blood, and her skin looked as if it were going to fall off because it was so loose.
  • Explains that the guards would shave her head and make other inmates throw cold water on her so that her body would not be able to muster up enough heat to grow wings.
  • Opines that life in haiti during this time was not easy.
  • Analyzes how danticat shows us how unfair life can be and how cowardly and heartless some people are. it is hard to believe humans can treat each other the way they do.
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