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In order to fully appreciate a work of literature one must have a thorough understanding of the time period in which it was written and the culture from which it comes Throughout my reading of Edwidge Danticats Krik Krak I fell in love with every story and the meaning behind each Reading this novel for my Caribbean class it was assumed that the stories would help teach me more about the islands and their culture Reading about each point of view of the woman and child within the stories I captured the image of the poverty and dictatorship as it actually exists in Haiti In order for a reader to learn and better understand the tragic life of living in the Caribbean the author surely either experienced a life on the islands or was extensive with her research of the topic itself Therefore there is no doubt in my mind that a story must be told if the author has a clear and precise understanding of the time period in which their novel took place For Edwidge Danticat story telling was always a very significant part of her life It was the way in which all Haitian women remember the history of their ancestors You thought that if you didnt tell the stories the sky would fall on your head 233 By sharing the mythological stories of the lives of past relatives Haitian women continue to pass on the remembrance of past mothers grandmothers great-grandmothers etc The famous title of Edwidge Danticats novel Krik Krak describes the way in which Haitian women share their legendary stories with one another By asking Krik and answering Krak the women of Haiti are able to express the stories of their past and pass these stories on to one another This way they will always remember their ancestors I feel by having knowledge of her own ancestors Danticat had a much easier time publishing her novel
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