Themes and Meanings
The themes of alienation and exile play important roles in Season of Adventure. At the beginning, Fola Piggott is alienated from her heritage. Her experience at the Ceremony of Souls signals her reconnection with her own culture. As the novel progresses, Fola journeys both emotionally and physically from identification with British ways to those of the Caribbean. The theme of the backward glance appears at the beginning of the novel, when Fola attends the ritual ceremony. The theme continues throughout the novel and intensifies in Fola’s search for her natural father. This search is also a search for an alternative tradition, the tradition of the past that she has never known.
Chiki embodies both alienation and exile, for he attended the British school for boys, just as Fola attended the school for girls. His alienation increases after his expulsion from the school, as he sails for America as an exile from his native land. After he returns to the Forest Reserve, the theme of the role of the artist in a changing society comes to the forefront. A talented painter, Chiki struggles with his inability to transfer the sound of the Caribbean music made by steel drums onto his canvas. Although Chiki is the first to provide a political perspective on the role of the artist, Gort the drummer eventually realizes the connection between politics and art. Gort is the folk artist whose art is directly inspired by the peasant community. In many ways,...
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