Wednesday, February 13, 2008

"A Man Screaming is not a Dancing Bear..."

Cesaire was to be the voice of the indigenous colonized people known as calamities, but I see this as a warning to his fellow people. He says, "beware of assuming the sterile attitude of a spectator, for life is not a spectacle, a sea of miseries is not a proscenium, a man screaming is not a dancing bear..."(273-5). Cesaire understood that the colonization was wrong, and the treatment of his people was wrong; however, I believe it is his own people (the calamities) that he is upset at. He is essentially calling his people cowards for not standing up for themselves. The reason why they are referred to as calamities is because they are tragic in their own flaws. They are incapable of standing up and speaking out for their rights; thus, Cesaire is very dissappointed. Earlier, he referred his return to his native land as "coming back to the deserted hideousness of your sores" (264-5). Notice how they are not his sores. He refuses to claim he was ever a part of the is as if he does not want to be associated with the natives. Yet, as he points out in line 276, he is there to help those who apparently cannot help themselves.

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