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To Da-Duh in Memoriam
Transcript of To Da-Duh in Memoriam
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The story is a tribute to the spirit of the grandmother which enabled her to live happily in her country, following age old customs.
However, it also symbolises the death of these same customs at the hands of the western, colonial world.
Imagery and the Effect of Language
The dominant theme is the inevitable comparison between rural areas of the Caribbean and the imposing urban world of New York.
Colonisation is tied up in other themes such as rural vs urban and the conflict between the ages. It is also seen in Marshall's characterisation of Da-Duh and her young granddaughter.
Da-Duh's fear of technology and the manner in which she compares life in Barbados to American ignorance demonstrate her lack of ability to adapt in a modernising global world.
Rural vs Urban
Modernity vs Traditions
narrative from the
point of view
of woman of Barbadian heritage looking back at her 9 year old self.
Language - Use of dialect
Times of maturity in her ability to reflect and regret.
Foreshadowing of Da-Duh's downfall.
Knowledge of the modern world
Confident - in herself, her home and its culture
Represents the modern, colonising world
Naive of the effects of her words
Double - full of paradox
Knowledge of the traditional, indigenous world
Confident in herself, her home and its culture
Represents the traditional and colonised world
Killed by her inability to adapt and the defeat suffered by her country/culture
Language and the imagery created within it are the driving force behind Da-Duh's death and the ideological conflict* between her and the narrator.
Consider the impact of the narrator's description of New York and her ability to defend her culture against her grandmother's repetitive and imposing questions.
* ideological conflicts include race, colonisation and globalisation