Uncle Joseph couldn’t speak for a while, but that did not stop him from supporting and caring for his family and community. I think the way Edwidge told her story about her life was very expressing. She described all the events so good, that I could picture it in my head. Through her words, I felt that Uncle Joseph was a strong man that did not let anything bring him down. He stood up for what he believed. He always managed to help other people. For example he took care of his niece and nephew for more than ten years. Even after having his struggles with the American forces, the Bel Air gangs and being detained by the U.S. Customs, he still remained strong and did not give up. I believe that through her writing, Edwidge did keep her Uncle Josephs identity and dignity. She described her uncle and his actions in a very unique way. She made it seem like the readers were part of the book. I felt like I knew who Uncle Joseph was by the way she described him and his actions. Uncle Joseph’s image stayed alive with Danticats words and phrases. He was a strong Haitian man, that even throat cancer couldn’t stop him from helping others. He couldn’t take “No” as answer; he would always do whatever he could t... Living a Folktale Story
Who loved to hear folktale stories from their grandmother at nights before going to sleep? Personally I loved hearing them especially at night with hot chocolate and pan dulce [sweet bread]. However, wouldn’t you wonder why your grandmother would tell you these stories if there was a significant explanation, or lesson to be learned from them? In the book, “Brother I’m Dying”, by Edwidge Danticat it’s dispersed with numerous folk tales and children stories with a symbolic message. Most of the tales were told by her [Edwidge] grandmother “Grandme Melina” who can be seen to be giving her guidance even after her death, through her stories. The tales connect to Danticat providing a form of escape for her during the most troubling times in her...
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