Analysis Of The Book ' The Dragon Can 't Dance ' Essay

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Elinor Johnson, Brandi Cathey World Literature Amanda Bryan November 24, 2015 The Aftermath of Colonial Rule in The Dragon Can’t Dance The effects of colonialism are ingrained into every facet of society in Trinidad. The novel The Dragon Can’t Dance written by Earl Lovelace, has many aspects of a postcolonial society, from the way people act on a day to day basis to the traditions upheld during Carnival. There is enough evidence to argue that the town and all its residents are experiencing postcolonialism, or the aftermath of colonial rule. Three central time frames in the novel will support this: before Carnival, during and after Carnival, and after Aldrick’s six year term in prison. These scenes in the novel depict this theme and demonstrate the postcolonial values that still dominate Calvary Hill. Postcolonialism also affects Pariag and is demonstrated by how he is treated by his neighbors. Finally we will deconstruct the idea of the “Carnival” and figure out the relationship of this to the Postcolonial Theory and how this is a reflection of colonial rule. Postcolonial theory focuses on the aftermath of colonial rule and the way former colonizers and colonized people interact in society. In many instances of postcolonialism the original culture of the colonized is lost through cultural colonialism. Mimicry is an effect of this in which the colonized people begin to take on the customs of the colonizers. Another is hybridity when the two cultures are are mixed and a new

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