celanire teddy (2)

celanire teddy (2) - Teddy Hanson French R1A 3/17/10 To...

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Teddy Hanson French R1A 3/17/10 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, 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, a couple who has been arranged by the Wayana culture. 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 married Amarante. 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. The Christian church, which sits highly contested throughout the colonialism in this novel, provides a great example where Celanire converts the tribal leaders to Christianity. Much of the tribe, upon conversion, was 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
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Hanson 2 singing a French song: “Je crois en Toi, mon Dieu, / Je crois en Toi, / L’ombre voile mes yeux, / Mais j’ai la foi” (p. 45). Although this simple song appears at the end of the tribal culture and religion, as the chief forces conversion on all of the citizens, the song mentally changes the tribe into a Christian entity. As the text suggests, the fear the song
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