British Control Of The Caribbean And Its Allusion In Caribbean Literature

The British have influenced the perspective of the Caribbean people in
many ways. The people's 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. Hodge's story ...

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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 aunt's 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 Indian boy
is probably more ashamed of the aunt's reference to "Hail Mary" than her
physical exhibition. From the perspective of a white Anglican child at that
time, the behavior of the aunt would be acceptable and understandable, but for
the Indian boy, brought up on ...

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would recite Children
of the Empire Ye Are Brothers All" (Hodge 454). Hodge wrote of both religious
experiences to show the confusion that the children were undergoing, In the
other passage by Naipaul, a similar confusion exists. "Aunt Gold Teeth" is
confused by the barrage of propaganda by the various religious groups, and
"every day her religious schizophrenia gr[ows]" (Naipaul 459). In trading the
narrators' perspectives, one can assume the young white girl would react
differently to the situation than the Indian boy. Assuming the white girl
believes in Christianity, she would probably be happy, rather than confused,
about the aunt's conversion in faith. The authors clearly show ...

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