To Find Your Inner Music
Ludwig van Beethoven, a famous classical composer, once claimed, “Music is the
mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.”
Just as Beethoven believes in the
power of music, Maryse Conde suggests this very same musical power in her novel,
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, a couple who has been arranged by the Wayana
Matthieu, a detective, investigates the corruption of Ms. Pinceau.
He vows to
discover the truth behind the false conviction, of Celanire’s very own father, for sexual
assault against Celanire herself.
Although Ms. Conde leaves much in the dark as to
where Celanire’s “power” stems from, one could say Celanire swaps the inner tribal
music for French music as an instrument to manipulate and control her target of desire: a
Ironically, by finding her own music inside of herself and nature,
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,
one must first prove that Conde’s novel previously accepts this power of music.
Christian church, which sits highly contested throughout the colonialism in this novel,
provides a great example where Celanire converts the tribal leaders to Christianity.
of the tribe, upon conversion, was be required to sing many religious hymns.
Koffi Ndizi’s conversion, towards the beginning of the novel, we are left finding the tribe