Breath, Eyes, Memory | Study Guide

Edwidge Danticat

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Sophie Sophie Caco, the novel's narrator, is a young Haitian American woman who immigrates to the United States at age 12. Years later, she returns to Haiti as a young adult and new mother. Read More
Martine Martine Caco is a Haitian American woman who immigrates to the United States as an adult, leaving her daughter, Sophie, with her sister. She commits suicide in an attempt to terminate a pregnancy at the end of the novel. Read More
Tante Atie Atie Caco is a Haitian woman who lives in the small village of Croix-des-Rosets; Sophie calls her Tante Atie (Aunt Atie). Tante Atie takes care of Sophie for the first 12 years of Sophie's life, serving as another mother figure to her. Read More
Grandmè Ifé Ifé Caco is a Haitian widow living in the small village of La Nouvelle Dame Marie; Sophie calls her Grandmè Ifé (Grandmother Ifé). She prepares to pass her land on to her children and grandchildren after her death. Read More
Joseph Joseph is an African American musician of Louisiana Creole descent living in Brooklyn, New York, and Providence, Rhode Island. He marries Sophie and has a child with her. Read More
Madame Augustin Madame Augustin is Monsieur Augustin's elegant wife. She lives in Tante Atie's village, Croix-des-Rosets.
Monsieur Augustin Monsieur Augustin is a wealthy man living in Tante Atie's village, Croix-des-Rosets. The novel implies he and Tante Atie had a relationship before he married.
Brigitte Brigitte is Sophie and Joseph's daughter. She's six months old in Parts 3 and 4.
Buki Buki is an Ethiopian woman in Sophie's sexual phobia group. She survived the cultural practice of female genital mutilation.
Chabin Chabin is the lottery man in Tante Atie's village, Croix-des-Rosets.
Davina Davina is a rape survivor in Sophie's sexual phobia group.
Dessalines Dessalines is the coal seller in the Haitian village La Nouvelle Dame Marie. He's killed by an angry soldier in the Tonton Macoutes.
Eliab Eliab is a young boy in the Haitian village La Nouvelle Dame Marie. He is often seen flying his kite.
Jean-Claude Jean-Claude is the young boy who travels with Sophie to America after his father's death. His father was an official working for Haitian dictator François Duvalier (1907–71).
Karen Karen is Brigitte's pediatrician in Providence.
Louise Louise is a young Haitian woman in Grandmè Ifé's village, La Nouvelle Dame Marie, who bonds with Tante Atie after her mother's death. Louise is saving money to move to America, and she leaves abruptly at the end of Part 3.
Man Grace Man Grace is an older woman in the Haitian village La Nouvelle Dame Marie. She dies and leaves behind a daughter, Louise.
Marc Marc is a Haitian American lawyer who enters a relationship with Martine. He has what Martine calls "old-fashioned" cultural values.
Rena Rena is Sophie's therapist in Providence. She has traveled extensively and has experience with different cultures, and she encourages Sophie to confront and analyze her past.
Taxi driver A taxi driver who takes Sophie and Tante Atie to the airport mentions political trouble in the city.
The Macoute The Macoute is a soldier who kills the coal seller Dessalines in the Haitian village La Nouvelle Dame Marie. He is a member of the Tonton Macoutes, enforcers for Haitian dictator François Duvalier, who continue to be present in Haiti after Duvalier's death.
Ti Alice Ti Alice is a young girl living in the Haitian village La Nouvelle Dame Marie. Grandmè Ifé hears Ti Alice sneaking out to visit a boy, and when Ti Alice returns home her mother performs a virginity test.
Van driver When Sophie and several Haitian women go into the village in Part 3, the van driver flirts with Sophie and compliments her Creole.
Woman in the airport A woman in the airport escorts Sophie through the airport and accompanies Sophie and a small boy, Jean-Claude, on the flight to New York.
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