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crossing the mangrove

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Raymond Jones

on 26 May 2011

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"Crossing the Mangrove"
by
Maryse Condé Dinah Lou Lou Sylvester Rosa Mira Vilma Francis Sancher
aka
Fransisco Alvarez Sanchez
Joby Aristide Carnelian Moïse Thesis Statement:
The mangrove swamp and the mangroves in Maryse Condé's "Crossing the Mangrove" are a metaphore for contemporary society To outsiders, a mangrove swamp appears hostile and dangerous. However, it actually is very supportive of life. Many organizations and families keep outsiders out by appearing unfriendly when in fact they are very loving.
New mangroves grow on the inside of the swamp. Seeds are dropped outside and they drift away. Families keep those inside the family close. Those who move away also drift away. Each mangrove is an individual tree but the roots intertwine making a formiddable swamp. Each member of a community is an individual but has connections within the community that strengthen him. In contemporary society, our roots intertwine even more than in the past. We may drift away
but we keep our roots through telephone calls, email and social media. We have three main roots that our family provides.
1. There is an emotional support system.
2. There is a financial support system.
3. There is a physical support system.
We try to keep these roots no matter where we go. As a mangrove ages, it puts down
more and more roots to support itself and interwtines more with the swamp. As we age, we put down roots in every city we live in and, if we keep them alive, grow stronger because of it. The mangrove is one of the few plants
where the seeds germinate while still attached to the tree. The germinated seed are then dropped when they are ready to live on their own. Some of them drop inside the outer ring of the swamp and sstart growing. Some are dropped outside the protection of the swamp and drift away on the tide. Humans stay at home until they are ready to live on their own. Some stay within the confines of the family or cumminty. Some drift away on the tide. When you look at the village of Riviére au Sel or any contemporary town, one sees the people but the twisted and turning connections are hidden. "We see the trunk, we see the branches and the leaves. We can't see the roots hidden down deep in the ground." Rosa Ramsaran In contemporary society, when we see someone on the street, we have no idea about his history or where he has planted his roots. We have no idea about the twists and turns his life has taken. In contemporary society, a group of people may seem unfriendly and overly protective of their members. But, once you can get in, past the spiked, dangerous, and twisted roots, you find that they are loving and you appreciate their fierce outer shell that now protects you.
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