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To Da -duh, in Memoriam.

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Gracel Quibrantar

on 22 February 2016

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Setting Theme To Da - duh, in Memoriam. Summary To Da-duh in Memoriam is about an adult’s life story as she looks back on a childhood memory. The story starts off with a nine year old girl (narrator), her sister and her mother who traveled by a boat from New York to Bridgetown, Barbados. The family decides to go back to their hometown, Barbados, leaving the father in Brooklyn because he thought it was a waste of money. The narrator’s mother left Barbados fifteen years ago and the narrator and her sister never met their grandmother, Da-duh. When they approached Da-duh, who was waiting for them out on the shore, she began to examine her grand-children. Da-duh called her sister “lucky” and the narrator “fierce”. Da-duh then lead the family to the rest of the relatives where they waited to finally meet them. The family then gets in a truck where they are brought to Da-duh’s home in St. Thomas. The next day, Da-duh takes the narrator to her land full of fruit orchards and sugar cane. The narrator takes advantage of the opportunity to impress Da-duh with all the nice things New York has. For the remainder of the time she spent in Barbados, she was with her grandmother describing New York. Da-duh had a fear hearing the signs of urbanity. Days before they left to go back to New York, Da-duh showed her granddaughter the tallest palm tree. The narrator compared the tree to the Empire State Building and told Da-duh that the Empire State Building was way taller than the tree. Da-duh told her granddaughter that she was lying and got angry. The narrator says that she will send a postcard to her as soon as she gets home. The next morning, Da-duh didn’t feel well. Her walks with her granddaughter were dispirited. Da-duh spends most of her time napping until the family returns home to Brooklyn. By the time the narrator sends the postcard, Da-duh has died. There were riots in Bridgetown. The British had to send planes to fly over the island to scare the people. Everyone in the village fled to seek safety. Instead, Da-duh stayed home and watched the planes come right after her in the house. People found Da-duh dead in her chair by the window. As an adult, the narrator remembers how she treated her grandmother. Living in downtown New York, she paints pictures of sugar cane while the machines roar loudly outside. Setting: The story is a flashback of memory of the author. The story takes place in the year 1937 of Paule Marshall’s childhood. The setting of the story is in Bridgetown, Barbados and a little village called St. Thomas. It is a land full of fruit orchards and sugar canes. The author also describes New York. She talks about the Empire State Building, the loud massive noises of construction works, and the cold winter weather on the east side. The narrator, her sister, and mother arrive in Bridgetown, Barbados from the New York to finally meet with their grandmother, Da-duh. The grandmother examines the two children and brings them to their relatives. They stay with Da-duh in St. Thomas for their vacation. Da-duh takes the narrator a walk around the land. She shows her the fruit orchards and sugar canes. The narrator takes this time as the opportunity to tell Da-duh all about New York.
Conflict: Da-duh shows her one of the tallest palm tree in Bridgetown. The narrator compared this tree to the Empire State Building and told her grandmother that a building in New York was way taller than the tree. The grandmother accused her of lying and got extremely mad. She wanted proof, so the narrator told her that she’ll send a postcard as soon as she gets back home. Da-duh shows her one of the tallest palm tree in Bridgetown. The narrator compared this tree to the Empire State Building and told her grandmother that a building in New York was way taller than the tree. The grandmother accused her of lying and got extremely mad. She wanted proof, so the narrator told her that she’ll send a postcard as soon as she gets back home. Da-duh didn’t like the idea of urbanity. For the remainder of the trip, her walks with the narrator were shorter and less energetic. The entire time, the grandmother wanted to nap and take long rests. The narrator and her family went back home. As soon as the narrator sends the post card, Da-duh died. She died looking out the window watching the planes attack her land and home. The narrator looks back to this memory of her childhood and whenever she looks out the window of downtown New York picturing a land full of sugar canes, she imagines her grandmother and the way she treated her. Introduction Rising Action Conflict Climax Falling Action Conclusion Rivalry The short story shows an aging Barbadian grandmother against her youthful American granddaughter. Leading to their first meeting, the two senses a similarity in each other that outweighs the differences presented by the seventy years between them. Most importantly, each has a stubborn strength of will and a confidence that her way of regarding the world is the right way. Rural and Urban Worlds Both Da- duh and the narrator of Stubbornness participate in a rivalry in which each tries to prove that her world is superior. Da-duh has the wonder and beauty of the natural world on her side, but her granddaughter has all the technological wonders of the urban world. Da-duh is frightened of the trappings of the modern world; in the truck, driving through Bridgetown, she clutches the narrator’s hand tightly. Once back in the country, among the sugar cane fields, she feels safe and comfortable again. The granddaughter, a child of one of the most vibrant cities in the world, is unimpressed by these sights, however. Character vs. Character (Narrator vs. Da-Duh)

The narrator and Da-Duh had an ongoing battle throughout the story. Both of the characters compared their lifestyle to each others lifestyle. Da-Duh's lifestyle was simple, old-fashioned, natural and rural while the narrator's lifestyle was the opposite. Da-Duh was so convinced that everything that she had in Barbados couldn't even come close to what the narrator has in New York. Every time Da-Duh showed the narrator something, Da-Duh would ask if they had something that was similar in New York. The narrator said no every time except when it came to the last thing she showed her. Da-Duh showed the narrator a tall royal palm and the narrator compared it to the Empire State Building and said that it was way taller. Da-Duh thought she was lying and couldn't believe what she heard. The narrator proved that it was taller and said she would send her a postcard to further prove it. At that point, Da-Duh accepted defeat. Character vs. Society (Da-Duh vs. Urbanity)

Da-Duh would constantly think that her rural lifestyle was better than the urban lifestyle that people had in New York. During the whole time that the narrator was on vacation, Da-Duh would constantly compare what she had in Barbados to what people had in New York. Every time she was told that New York didn't have something to compare, she would feel good. She felt good because it would make her feel that her lifestyle was the best or that it was a seniority lifestyle. As the story progresses, she would find out things that she never knew about urban areas. When Da-Duh found out the narrator punched a white person, she claims that she doesn't recognize the world anymore. Da-Duh doesn't realize that the world is changing because of her old-fashioned ways and she struggles to deal with that fact.
Conflict To Da-Duh in Memoriam is an autobiographical story that is told in the point of view of grown woman who was looking back to her childhood memories. The story is told in a first-person narrative. In the beginning of the story, it opens with the narrator when she was 9 years old. Most of the story was told when the narrator was a child. The narrator is the only voice that readers hear and it's also the only eyes the reader sees throughout the story. Near the end of the story, the narrator pulls back from the events by saying what happened after her and her family left Barbados. The riots, planes, and her grandmother's death was said in the point of view of when the narrator was older and was said as something that happened a long time ago. The point of view is factual and less personal. Towards the very end of the story, the narrator feels bad about showing up to her grandmother and reveals how she feels about the connection of her past and her ancestry.
Point of view “Perhaps she was both, both child and woman, darkness and light, past and present, life and death – all the opposites contained and reconciled in her.” pg 112, paragraph 2 (at the end). “I know you don't have anything this nice where you come from.” “Oh, the Lord, the world's changing up so I can scarce recognize it anymore.” pg 118, last sentence. There's one called the Empire State building that's the tallest in the world.” pg 119, paragraph 3. “I longed then for the familiar: for the street in Brooklyn where I lived, for my father who had refused to accompany us, for a game of tag with my friends under the chestnut tree outside our ageing brownstone house.” Quotes Da duh

- Da-duh is the narrator's eighty-year-old grandmother.
-She has lived her whole life on Barbados and is confident and proud of her lifestyle, surroundings, and ways of looking at the world.
-dislikes the trappings of the modern world, such as any form of machinery, and is uncomfortable in the city of Bridgetown.
-When Da-duh first meets the narrator, the narrator imagines that she saw "something in me which for some reason she found disturbing.
-Da-duh is completely at home in the countryside of St. Thomas where she lives. She takes her granddaughter on daily walks on the land surrounding her house.
- shows off the glories of the natural world, and listens with an air of fear to her granddaughter's descriptions of life in New York.

The narrator
-She is the granddaughter of Da-duh.
- Very stubborn
-experience a competition in the story
- she has a strong will and heart Characters
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