As seen in Edwidge Danticat's Behind the Mountains, why is it easier for Celiane to write in her journal than to write to her father?

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Celiane Esperance, the narrator of Edwidge Danticat's Behind the Mountains, loves her journal. She calls her journal "Ti liv mwen" ("my sweet little book"). The journal was given to her by her teacher, Madame Auguste, for getting the highest grades in her class the previous month.

Madame Auguste made several suggestions about what Celiane could put into her journal: use it/never use it, use to on special occasions, to write down maxims, pages of text which need to be remembered, or just one's own thought. The idea Celiane loved the most (not given previously) was to write down things about herself.

The journal "no tongue and...you [the journal] cannot speak." Celiane looked at her journal as the keeper of her secrets. For this reason, it was far easier to write in her journal than to her own father.

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