Macadam Dreams cyclone

Macadam Dreams cyclone - 5/6/09 Fr 314 Toczyski The Rape of...

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5/6/09 Fr 314 Toczyski The Rape of the Cyclone In Gisele Pineau's novel, Macadam Dreams , Pineau vividly brings to light the extreme parallels between the violence and destruction of the cyclone to the horrifying destruction caused by the people in the town of Savane. Throughout this novel, the cyclone plays a major role not only in conveying the damage it has caused but also in dictating how Pineau structures her text. From the beginning of the novel, we get the imagery and the scale of the destruction that Hurricane Hugo has manifested in the town of Savane. “Nothing but garbage. .. Cyclone had smashed and trampled everything” (Pineau 1). Pineau personifies the Cyclone. By giving it human actions, she compares its immense power and destruction to the rape done by Ti-Cyclone and Rosan to their daughters. Pineau takes the most physically damaging disaster (cyclone) and gives it human qualities to represent the most mentally damaging disaster, being raped by one's own father. They have taken away their daughters' innocence and faith and even Eliette's lifelong hopes of ever having a child. What Eliette's father, Ti-Cyclone, had done to her in 1928, is currently going on with Rosan and his daughter Angela. Pineau makes incestuous rape seem almost as a common occurrence in Guadeloupe as a cyclone hitting. Other than incestuous rape, Pineau makes an apparent association with the cyclone and the violence that pursues in Savane. Other than the rapes, there are also brutal murders. Pineau does a great job in portraying the similarities between the devastating effects of the two cyclones (Cyclone of 1928 and Hurricane Hugo) to the harm caused on Eliette after being raped by her father. “With the Cyclone of 1928, so bad that she'd been unable to speak for three full years, it had wounded her in the head and the belly, had dispossessed her of all faith in herself. She was constantly rehashing the memory of the head and belly wound, the bloodstained sheets, the big
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beam that fell and nearly cut Eliette in two, the cruel wind penetrating, buffeting, lashing” (Pineau 88). In this passage describing Eliette, the “Cyclone of 1928” more than likely represents the
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Macadam Dreams cyclone - 5/6/09 Fr 314 Toczyski The Rape of...

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