Analysis Of The Book ' Green Cane And Juicy Flotsam ' Essay

1154 Words Nov 17th, 2014 5 Pages
Throughout history, society has treated women as second-class citizens. They have consistently been discriminated against because of their gender; thus, resulting in a lack of rights and proper representation. However, over the last few decades, women have made great progress, in efforts to even the playing field and speak their minds. Through Green Cane and Juicy Flotsam: Short Stories by Caribbean Women, editors Carmen Esteves and Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert display a selective amount of tales written by Caribbean women, addressing a variety of contemporary issues. Due to European colonization, which began with Christopher Columbus’ Voyage of 1493, the Caribbean is now home to many different dialects. The difference in linguistics is evident throughout the stories in Carmen Esteves’ Green Cane and Juicy Flotsam: Short Stories by Caribbean Women, as authors from specific areas focus and write about specific issues. For example, Myriam Warner-Vieyra, a French-speaking author from Guadalupe, used “Passport to Paradise,” to emphasize the differences between both social classes and race. Warner-Vieyra’s short-story is based on a hard working, lower-class woman named Eloise, who would do anything to keep her family sane. One day, Eloise’s husband, Eugenio, is killed by a bottle to the head, as he attempted to break up a fight between two drunken men. As a woman with strong religious beliefs, Eloise desperately asked a priest to bless her husband’s body, but is turned away…

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