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Foun1101 CARIBBEAN CIVILISATION
Student Name: FERNANDO MATROO
SCIENCE AND AGRICULTURE
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE BSC
11TH NOVEMBER, 2011
Title of Book Reviewed
FOR THE LIFE OF LAETITIA
I certify that this is my own work and by attaching this cover sheet certify further that there are no instances of plagiarism contained herein. I submit to any penalty that the Faculty deems appropriate for any instance of plagiarism discovered in this work howsoever caused…
2011 . 2. 4. a. 6.NAME: FERNANDO MATROO Page 2 THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES Undergraduate Coursework Accountability Statement (To be completed by student) ACADEMIC YEAR: ____2010-2011______ SEMESTER: ______I COURSE CODE: ___FOUN 1101________ TITLE: ___Caribbean Civilisation_____________ NAME: FERNANDO MATOO ID: 810006477 1. 5. and c. I understand what plagiarism is and what penalties may be imposed on students found guilty of plagiarism. b. In the case of group work: I certify that the individual work of each member of the group has been clearly indicated. I hereby certify that I am the author of the attached item of coursework and that all materials from reference sources have been properly acknowledged. that I have not collaborated with any members of the group to breach the University’s regulations. I certify that this is my own work and that I did not receive any unfair assistance from others (including unauthorized collaboration) in its preparation. Date: 11TH NOVEMBER. I certify that this paper has not previously been submitted either in its entirety or in part within the UWI system or to any other educational institution. that where no such indication has been given. Signature: ………………………………………………. I certify that this paper contains no plagiarised material. 3. I take the responsibility for the work as if it were the section of the paper for which I am solely responsible.
The main location of the book surrounded that of Sooklal Trace and La Puerta. one location was a rural setting which was Sooklal Trace and the other was an Urban setting which was La Puerta having malls. The locations were within one island which was Trinidad.NAME: FERNANDO MATROO Page 3 NAME OF BOOK: FOR THE LIFE OF LAETITIA WRITTEN BY: MERLE HODGE ISBN #: 0374-42444-6 PUBLISHED BY: FARRAR STRAUS GIROUX. This was one of the factors that led me to believe that of the time period the . groceries etc. OF PAGES: 214 The book life of laetitia surrounds laetitia. It (the book) takes you through her first two terms at the La Puerta Secondary school and it also represented that of a diary narrative. a young female (girl) that has just passed her common entrance exams and is about to enter secondary school. Around the post colonial era. patois was widely used in the society as a form of secluded talking.00 TTD NO. AERIAL EDITION BOOK COVER: SOFT PRICE OF BOOK: $105. The book also gave in detail all the issues that plagued the society within the post colonial/post emancipation era (18th-20th century) which was the time frame that the story took place in. schools. The two locations was from one extreme to another that is. This was because as the reader we saw through the eyes of laetitia.
Cephas. Anjanee. The main aim of the writer was to introduce the world to the many issues that plagued the society within the era being post colonial. Gender Construction & Family Relationship and Poverty and Education. These were mainly Racism. There was also Mr. There was her biological father. Mr. She was the best friend to Laetitia and also she impacted on laetitia life in a very important way due to her (Anjanee) home life. Cephas. Miss Hafiz. who tied to dominate her life to „teach‟ her a woman‟s role in society. There was also the grandmother. how to behave etc.NAME: FERNANDO MATROO Page 4 story took place in. Mr. Hafiz whole role was to educate the class as well as the reader on the racist subject matter. Anjanee contributed to the story in many ways. Mr. who seemed to have racist tendencies and the distinguished educator Mrs. Also the issue of racism was dealt with the book by showing bias judgment of a teacher Mr. Mrs. There was also was also Mrs. The general themes/ issues were very much convincing in the way that they were well described within the context of the book. Tewarie. Lopez who represented the ideologies of the time of what a happy family should be. the „macomere‟ as she was called by her good friend and also this reflected the type of language that was used at that time. Mrs. Tewarie on pages 93-96 of the book that went on to educate the class at that time as well as the reader on the issue of racist behavior. Wilhemina John. There was also Ma Zelline as the patriot who went against the norms and values of the time there for was the lady that no one liked. and Ma Zelline. Lopez. Mrs. Tewarie. The main and supporting characters included that of laetitia herself. . Wilhemina John „Ma‟ who taught her social skills of the society. The issue of racism was seen throughout the book but mainly on pages 81 and 82 of the book which referred to the song.(1) The song stigmatized a „coolie‟(2) to being synonymous to roti and a „Nigger‟(3) as being a trouble maker/menace to society and as such only those should go to jail.
This was because of her poverty state at home that she could not attend classes at school . This was also conveyed in the mentality of Mrs. This was seen with Anjanee being a young girl who had to do domestic work from the tender age of eight (8) years old.NAME: FERNANDO MATROO Page 5 The issue of Gender Construction and Family Relationship was very well presented throughout the book. That is a woman‟s lot. This was also supported by Sineal Caslin by stating in his writing “Both women and „natives‟ are minority groups who are unfairly defined by the intrusive „male gaze‟.” And “Jump high or jump low you have to please them.” (9) (HODGE 64). It cultivated a scene of what poor young children had to endure when they had to go to a secondary school.(7) and the role of the man was much of a dominating/domineering male that was similar to the master at the plantation society.”(4) (HODGE 86). which is a characteristic of both patriarchy and colonization. Velma. (8) (HODGE 57). For example Anjanee father and brothers had the money to send her to school but refused to do so just because she was a woman. The issue of Poverty and Education was also one of great importance throughout the book.She did indeed drink poison. Laetitia stepmother. you know.Also laetitia herself as she had to endure moving out of her comfort zone in her own home town to her father‟s home in La Puerta and had to face his domineering behavior as a Hegemonic male in society in order to receive a proper education as she came from a „poor background‟.”(6) Within the family therefore there was a tendency to define a woman‟s role as a „domestic slave‟. They didn‟t see the point in sending her to school if that was her role/ purpose in life. therefore she had to earn her keep to come to school on her own accord. as seen in a discourse on pg 57 of the book. as her father and her brothers insisted that this was women‟s work in society.This clearly indicated that the society back then was mainly patriarchal as the male was the dominating figure in society. This poverty took a toll on young Anjanee in the end who thought that there was nothing to live for if she had to become a „domestic slave‟ for the rest of her life like her mother expressed on page 64 “I‟m not going to end up like my mother. I rather dead. on page 86 “You mustn‟t go against them.
The book ad many gaps that needed filling that I was unclear about. The story however ended rather abrupt and . The main themes/issues of the book were in direct lineage of Caribbean Civilization. The book also targeted that of the value of truth telling in the past. The book overall gave me a lot more knowledge into how it painted a picture within my mind through laetitia eyes of what a young woman or women on the whole faces in society that was then and still is now. The issues dealt with the Caribbean identity. It dealt with the norms and values of a Caribbean society as well as the Gender ideologies that date back to the colonial days. For example that of a broken home where the mother and father are separated bred a rebellious child one that was called a „bastard‟ and he/she was stigmatized as an individual who will turn out to be a menace to society. It also showed the patriot Ma Zelline who deviated from the norms and values of society and was considered a failure. but we are left to speculate through laetitia conclusion of the matter. It clearly defined the ideological norm of the society in the past as being strictly patriarchal.The book did not truly say if she died. It targeted issues of culture as Christmas was the only time of the year the house was thoroughly cleaned and painted. Te book also targeted issues of gender a lot as with the female gender construction and what their role in society should be. therefore she thought that because she would not make it in life she would rather die than become like her mother. For example pg 200 “Anjanee drink poison!” (10) (HODGE 200).NAME: FERNANDO MATROO Page 6 and this affected her greatly at exam time. They acknowledged that one should always tell the truth rather than lie or you would be punished. The book also dealt with the norms and values to society as „domesticated slaves‟. it also dealt with the festival habits of Carnival.
. would she follow in her best friends footsteps? In my opinion the book was overall a great book. It gave a true description of a patriarchal society and dealt with many issues that plague the society. The book was truly worth the money.NAME: FERNANDO MATROO Page 7 seeing that laetitia was now going to lead a life like Anjanee .
ac.NAME: FERNANDO MATROO Page 8 1. 09 Nov. 6. 3. FOR THE LIFE OF LAETITIA.qub.htm>. 5." The Imperial Archive Key Concepts in Postcolonial Studies. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux. Nigger is a nation Damn botheration Gi‟ them a kick And send them in the station.Hodge.The term „double colonization‟ is a theory that deals with women as a society being first colonized by the Europeans and secondly by males in society 7.uk/imperial/key- concepts/feminism-and-postcolonialism.The term „domestic slave‟ shows the relationship of the woman in the plantation society in comparison to the post colonial era.Coolie. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux. Sinead. 1993.A „Nigger‟ was referred to as a person of African descent. the same is happening which is abusive behavior and you work all day with no pay.Caslin. 2. FOR THE LIFE OF LAETITIA.A „Coolie‟ was referred to as a person of East Indian descent. "Feminism and post-colonialism. 2011. 4. 8. <http://http://www. Coolie Come for roti All the roti done. 1993. Merle. .Hodge. This was a misconception of what the word meant as the true meaning of the word means a person who carries load. Merle.
. FOR THE LIFE OF LAETITIA.Hodge. FOR THE LIFE OF LAETITIA. Merle.Hodge. Merle. 1993. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux. 1993. 10. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux.NAME: FERNANDO MATROO Page 9 9.
09 Nov. Phillis. Emory. <http://www. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux." The Imperial Archive Key Concepts in Postcolonial Studies. Southard. Merle.org/index.htm>. Gershator. Sinead.emory.html>. . John. <http://http://www." Colonial Education.ac. 09 Nov. "The impact of colonial education.qub.NAME: FERNANDO MATROO Page 10 BIBLIOGRAPY Caslin. 2011. 2011. "Feminism and post-colonialism. The Caribbean Writer.edu/Bahri/Education.english. <http://www. FOR THE LIFE OF LAETITIA.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6 84&catid=14:volume11&Itemid=2§ion=index>. 09 Nov.thecaribbeanwriter. 1993. 2011. Hodge.uk/imperial/key- concepts/feminism-and-postcolonialism.
(3 marks) MECHANICS: Report layout. succinct writing. original and creative thought. Uses good relevant evidence. (8 marks) STYLE: Fluent. focus and interpretation. good grammar/ register/expression. Conclusion. TOTAL: __________________ . footnoting and references. (4 marks) RELEVANCE: Did student relate their argument to information gained from the course? (2 marks) Examiner _________________ PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL GRADE SLIP. (3 marks) CONTENT: Topic covered in depth. Introduction.NAME: FERNANDO MATROO Page 11 The University of the West Indies Book Report Assessment Sheet Semester I: 2011 -2012 MARKS STRUCTURE: Organisation.
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