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In the novel Breath Eyes Memory Edwidge Danticat gives a detailed account of a struggling Haitian country and its people through the eyes of a young woman named Sophie Caco Throughout four phases of her life Sophie tells the reader of the stereotypes of Haitians that make her scared to go to school and how traditions in her culture can cause women grief and depression There is also mention of political unrest and the militia group known as the Tonton Macoutes This group has instilled a fear in thousands throughout Haiti Sophie and her family mention how few are safe from the evil of the Macoutes and the pain they have caused many In Danticats Breath Eyes Memory one can find a variety of themes and motifs but the most prevalent is the physical and emotional violence and the traumatic effect it has on all those involved School can be a source of great anxiety for many children especially for those who are new students It is obvious that this will be no different for Sophie In fact because she is a Haitian immigrant attending school in America many expect her to be the victim of bullying and vicious name-calling Martine Sophies mother informs her that she must stop speaking Creole and learn English when she says the American students would make fun of her for speaking differently or even worse beat her 51 This causes great anxiety for Sophie and she feels hesitant about going to school She has already had to give up so much and move to America for her mother Now she has to give up her native language in order to escape punishment and ridicule from other children at school It would be very difficult for someone who has been speaking mostly one language his or her entire life to try to learn an entirely new language to avoid being beaten Martine also hears from other parents that children
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