The passage in which Tituba discusses her fear of being “forgotten” by history is arguably one of...
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...ape persecution, one has to actively acknowledge that one is being persecuted and force everyone else to acknowledge it as well. This passage also hints at how affecting the legacies of a colonial past are: because the power imbalances that colonialism created were never rectified, their vestiges of that history still plague social structures today.
In conclusion, Maryse Condé uses the historical figure of Tituba as a metaphor for chronic African diasporic suffering. In making myriad references to the present in her work of historical fiction, Condé asserts that colonialism created power imbalances that continue to govern the lives of the African slaves’ descendants today. She seems to argue that, to break this cycle of suffering, one has to address the specter of inherited grief that hangs over one’s head: to acknowledge it, to understand it. To make peace with it.
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