Both stories use literary techniques to illustrate this. Madame Cazaubon is aware of this and is exceedingly bitter as a result. She takes this hurt and frustration out on Justine and her mother but mainly Justine.
Social interaction between men and women are common, inevitable and they occur for different reasons. She is met by a local who is in need of a light for his unlit cigarette. As she is the only one around and has a lit cigarette, he assumes she can be of some assistance to him.
This sparks a conversation on equality, race and gender. Here, a young man recounts his fascination with the Shabine, the red haired woman whom society rejects. Years after he is still fascinated by her.
His interaction with Justine is limited to the paradise plums he leaves on the wall for her. Despite several warnings from his grandmother, the boy, though too coward to speak to or profess his love to Justine, a girl of mixed race and frowned upon by society, uses the paradise plums to show his affection for her.
Her acceptance of the paradise plum is her acceptance of his affection towards her. And also her showing her resentment towards society and how they treat her.
She sees it as him going against society, his resentment of society and how they treat her; but he is too much of a coward. He accepts the boundaries placed on him when he refuses to cross the wall. The interaction lack of conversation highlights the stark difference with how society sees her and how the young man sees her.
At the same time, the lack of conversation cements the distance that exists between them. We learn of her love for her children when he observes her shouting profanities at the neighbourhood boys and hugging her children.
We learn of her history from the narrator. And also, we learn of her finally giving in to society when the boy refuses to come rescue her; she walks back, shoulders drooping. If not for the boy, we may not have been able to see Justine as human instead of a shabine, a thing to be lusted and teased, to be shunned and secluded.
The man appears to speak his mind, unlike the tourist who tries to use tact unsuccessfully to hide her true thoughts. The local, however, reads her up quite easily and exposes her for what she is, prejudiced.
She not only finds the man demeaning because of the colour of his skin, but also she feels, like the stories she has heard, he may want to take advantage of her sexually. The man tries to put her mind to rest, assuring her that she is not his type and tries to educate her of the culture of the place she is in.
He tries to preach equality to her, to bring her out of the darkness, out of ignorance. Her refusal to look back at him from the bus suggest she is not totally changed.
But the fact that she wanted to, suggests that he has placed a seed of question in her mind and had given her something to think about. Her hesitation at first highlights the social tension she is used to while the ease with which he requests a light from her shows how he views her as an equal.
He addresses her thoughts about her prejudices.
This makes the conversation more universal. When she leaves, he bends and takes the discarded cigarette from the gutter exposing him as a lower class than her, but enlightenment comes from anywhere and the message delivers is of no less importance; which is probably why the writer does not allow her to see this act.
The boy is prohibited from speaking to the girl because of the stigma attached to her because of her mixed race. We never hear of her leaving the confines of the yard. The paradise plum is a means of escape for them both but he is not brave enough to make a stand for his beliefs.
He lives in regrets, just like her. Through social interaction much can be discovered about the characters involved. The two stories explored share similar themes though the circumstances vary greatly.
Both authors try to encourage the notion of equality, though the conflicts are not fully resolved we are left with a small spark of hope for the characters as each has resolved to accept things as they are.Notes On Short Stories Short Story pg99, , 70 Eng B.
A "shabine" is a light-skinned, black person. Basically someone of Negro roots who has light/white skin. literature is not the only discourse that makes extensive use of the connotative capacity of language. Persuasion, propaganda, advertising are obvious users of. Literature Notes: CSEC Language Notes CSEC Explained Book Club Contact Us About Us Edmodo4u A WORLD OF PROSE.
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I like the world of prose bt the ones that standed out the most was emma and shabine. schwenkreis.com ® Categories Literature & Language Books and Literature What is the summary of the prose Shabine by Hazel Simmons McDonald? SAVE CANCEL already exists. Tag: shabine Lit Help for CSEC.
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Schooner Flight Given below is a brief yet precise commentary on the section Shabine Encounters the Middle Passage from the poem The Schooner Flight, written by Derek Walcott and published under the anthology of poems called Star-Apple Kingdom. SUMMARY 'Shabine' is the story of Justene, a mixed race woman who is constantly mocked for being poor, of mixed heritage, and presumably promiscuous.