Topics: Dominican Republic, Haiti, Rafael Trujillo Pages: 3 (1195 words) Published: May 14, 2013
Pain is deeper than all thought; laughter is higher than all pain. The novel “The farming of Bones” by Edwidge Danticat is a fictional story based on real events of the Haitian massacre. This story depicts a very intense picture of how the conditions of living as a Haitian in the Dominican Republic were terrifying. The people who lived through the Haitian massacre paved better ways for future generations so that they could have better and more comfortable lives. Most Haitians crossed the border from Haiti to the Dominican Republic to gain better lives and gain a source of income to support their families. The Haitians thought that the Dominican Republic would be their way out of misery and poverty not knowing that they were walking into a situation worse than the ones that they were running away from. The conditions that the Haitians encountered in the Dominican Republic were very harsh and cruel. The Haitian men became mill workers-planting and harvesting sugar canes- and their women became maids in houses of the Dominicans. Amabelle the young woman that was found near the banks of the river –where her parents drowned- was a Haitian maid for a Dominican house hold “...we went to the river and there you were…(91)” Senora Valencia was the daughter to an ex-militant, Don Ignacio. Senora Valencia took amabelle like a sister she never had; the both played together and a times even slept on the same bed “…like when we were girls and we both slept in the same room…she would invite me to her bed and both of us would jump up and down on the mattress, play with our shadows…(6).” Although amabelle was a maid in the senora’s house hold she was never treated nastily- she was more or less part of the family. The novel “farming of bones” portrays water to have many different significance. Amabelle’s parents drowned during a hurricane so did Sebastian’s- the love of amabelles live- parents, as did many other Haitians that were murdered on the bed of the river...
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