Are any characters in Krik? Krak! connected, and if so, how?

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The characters in the stories are connected thematically and by type of relationship. As Edwidge Dandicat explains in the Epilogue , mother and daughter relationships are especially important in the book, as she has observed they are in real life. All the stories are concerned with Haitians and Haitian Americans,...

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and some of the characters are refugees. Although individual characters exist within specific stories, the types of situations they encounter and the way they are resolved are often similar between stories.

“Nineteen Thirty-Seven,” “New York Day Women,” and “Caroline’s Wedding” are all stories that employ the mother-daughter theme. While one is set in Haiti and the others in the United States and they take place at different time periods, they are concerned with the strength of that maternal-child bond and the stresses that social upheaval or immigration put onto the connection.

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This excellent collection of short stories contain a number of characters that are tied together or linked in various ways, even though often these characters are shown to be physically separate from each other. Consider "Children of the Sea," in which we discover that the male lover who writes letters to his beloved is actually in a boat fleeing Haiti and miles away from his girlfriend. However, they are shown to be connect and tied together in spite of this distance.

"Nineteen Thirty-Seven" is another excellent example of this in action, as Josephine feels isolated and cut off from her mother when she goes to visit her in jail where she is being imprisoned for the supposed crime of being a witch. Josephine finds that she is unable to communicate with her mother, and is therefore estranged from her. However, after her mother's death, Josephine comes to realise that the importance of her relationship with her mother is not actually broken by death and that they are still tied together in spite of her mother's demise.

Therefore we can see that in this collection of stories, characters are tied together often in defiance of the powers of society and of life itself that would threaten to pull them apart. This work is therefore partly a testament to the human will to triumph over such external forces that can be so powerful.

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