celanire - Teddy Hanson French R1A 3/17/10 To Find Your...

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Teddy Hanson French R1A 3/17/10 To Find Your Inner Music Cultures from all eras value music an emotional and informational tool to understand ourselves better. Ludwig van Beethoven, a famous classical composer, claimed, “Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.” Just as Beethoven believes in the power of music, Maryse Conde suggests the power of this intriguing idea in the novel, Who Slashed Celanire’s Throat. The immoral protagonist, Celanire Pinceau, manipulates and controls the people around her to gain what she desires. Upon arriving at Guadeloupe, Celanire meets Matthieu and Amarante, who have been arranged by the Wayana culture. Matthieu is a detective who investigates the corruption of Ms. Pinceau specifically related to her father. Although Ms. Conde leaves much in the dark as to where her “power” stems from, one could say Celanire swaps between French and tribal music around her as an instrument to manipulate and control her target of desire: a married Amarante. Ironically, only by finding her own music inside of herself, Amarante frees herself from the curse of Celanire and escapes with the very same power that ensnared her. In order to even begin to argue whether Celanire controlled people through music, it would be nice to, prove that Conde’s novel suggests the power of music. An example that jumps to mind is the Christian church which sits highly contested throughout the colonialism in this novel. Many of the tribes, upon conversion would be required to sing many religious hymns. Upon king Koffi Ndizi’s conversion, towards the beginning of the novel, we are left finding the tribe singing a French song: “Je crois en Toi, mon
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Hanson 2 Dieu, / Je crois en Toi, / L’ombre voile mes yeux, / Mais j’ai la foi.” Although this simple song literally symbolizes the end of the tribal culture and religion, as the chief forces conversion on all of the citizens, interpreted on a broader scale, one might say that
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This note was uploaded on 09/25/2010 for the course ANTHRO 02303 taught by Professor Deacon during the Spring '09 term at Berkeley.

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