Thursday, February 14, 2008

notebook of a return to the native land

Between lines 261 and 275 of Aime Cesaire's Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, one can see the negative effects of colonization. From the opening paragraph Cesaire makes these effects clear as he describes his return to his native land as "[going] back to the deserted hideousness of your sores." Drawing from this example, one can see that Cesaire's homeland is experiencing hard times and that he feels that his return may be beneficial. Since he is a more seasoned man upon his return, he feels he can now help his people form a collective voice and fight back against colonization's negative effects.

By helping his people form a united voice, Cesaire displayed his hope to further advance the Negritude movement. It most likely took a lot of courage to act as the "mouth of those calamities that have no mouth", but it seems Cesaire took on this problem head on. He assumed a central role in the fight against colonization's effects and gave black people a chance to voice their feelings. In the final lines of this section, Cesaire makes it clear that his nation's problems should not be just another "spectacle". Positive action must be taken, because in his eyes, a "sea of miseries is not a proscenium."

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