Monday, November 18, 2013

Loss to Grief (Pt. II of Danticat)

"During Mass, Ma tightened a leather belt around her belly, the way some old Haitian women tightened rags around their middles when grieving." (168)

The second half of Krik? Krak! could be characterized by its presentation of various forms and manners of grieving (as a response to all of the loss that I found prominent in the first half). Grief is certainly a form of travel, particular to each individual or community as well as to the object of loss. The final section of Danticat's stories illustrates that there is a relationship between memory, especially in the form of dreams, and the grieving process. In what ways does memory ease the journey of grief and in what ways does memory exacerbate this often painful form of travel?

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