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Sofia Sanchez World Literature and Composition Period 5Mrs. Philips October 10, 2019Cultural Change Throughout “The Day They Burned The Books”When brainstorming what contributes to the development of a person, many will sayone’s culture. This aspect of human life has always played a key role since it builds traditionsand beliefs that can stretch across and connect generations. Rhys’ “The Day They Burned TheBooks” depicts the experience of a boy, Eddie Sawyer, who lacks this strong cultural foundation.In this short story, Eddie’s parents come from different backgrounds. His father, referred to asMr. Sawyer, comes from English culture while his mother, Mrs. Sawyer, comes from Caribbeanculture. Their conflicting cultures lead to many disputes such as Mr. Sawyer’s abuse of his wifeand Mrs. Sawyer’s burning of his books after her husband’s death. By using literary devices,Rhys can emphasize how a clash in colonizer and colony cultureleads to a view of doubleconsciousness which elicits various reactions such as violence and intense hatred or a feeling ofunbelonging or unhomeliness. First of all, the author uses personification to reinforce the idea that Eddie clashes withthe English culture that is present in the Caribbean, and this causes a reaction of unhomeliness.Near the beginning of the story, the narrator describes Eddie’s “pale blue eyes and straw-coloredhair,” (Rhys 2) and then tells readers that he had “infected me with doubts about ‘home’,meaning England,” ( Rhys 2). The narrator informs the readers that it was Eddie that planted the
feeling of apprehension in calling England “home” in her. The use of personification in thephrase “infected me with doubts” emphasizes how this feeling of unease has spread. In spreadingthis apprehension, it is only logical to believe that Eddie must have been experiencing this innerturmoil too. This inner conflict would prevent Eddie from calling England home. Theconnotation of the word “infected” also gives readers the idea of something similar to aninfection or something that cannot be gotten rid of easily. This is similar to the doubt that thesetwo experience because it is a feeling that follows them throughout the story. In addition, Rhysalso uses imagery by using words like “pale” and “straw-colored” to describe his eyes and hair.

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