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The British have influenced the perspective of the Caribbean people in many ways The peoples self awareness religion language and culture has coped with the influx of British ideals and in coping the people have changed to appease the islands highly influential British population Three excepts highly influenced by the British ideals are Crick Crack Monkey by Merle Hodge My Aunt Gold Teeth by V S Naipaul and If I could Write This in Fire I Would Write This in Fire by Michelle Cliff All three excepts show the among the people of the islands whether native or foreign In examining the three passages each author presents a unique perspective Hodges story is presented through the eyes of a black lower class girl of Trinidad in the 1950s Naipaul uses an unidentified East Indian boy to tell his story A young white girl becomes the narrator of cliffs excerpt By using Cliffs perspective to examine the perspective of the other two passages A unique interpretation of the British influence on the Caribbean people develops Friction among people of different color is clearly displayed within the writings However looking at the story of Crick Crack Monkey through the eyes of a young white girl rather than a young black girl the reader might see the injustice and the ethnic discrimination that a black person must endure She would not be accustomed to being called a little black nincompoop Hodge 457 and she would most likely not have to suffer a physical beating with a ruler Hodge 456 In Lady Aunt Gold Teeth the issue of color is evident through the aunts religious affiliation Changing the color of the narrator in My Aunt Gold Teeth might make a difference in the way the person perceives their aunt For example the narrator says I was rather ashamed at the exhibition Na 463 when his aunt appears to have got the spirit CS 462 The
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