Breath Eyes Memory By Edwidge Danticat

1323 WordsFeb 16, 20176 Pages
The novel, Breath Eyes Memory by Edwidge Danticat, was one of strength, sadness, understanding, struggles, and healing. While this goes for almost every character in the story, these trials and tribulations were endured by the main Character Sophie. Sophie who lived in Haiti as a young child, was a quiet and respectful child. The way we can tell that she was is because it is noted that good children cleaned the yards of the parents or caretakers. Good children did not interfere in adult conversations. Sophie did these things. She did them not just because she wanted to be a good child. She did them because she loved her Tante Atie. She loved her like a mother instead of her aunt. She has shown this many times by wanting to express her…show more content…
When she gets to America and meets her mother for the first time, this I believe is when she first starts to feel trapped. She was in a new world but much of it was still the same due to her living in a Haitian neighborhood. Her mother had horrible nightmares because of her trauma at a young age of being raped. This became almost like a job for Sophie. She cared for her fragile mother. Even though she was in America, she had to be a proper Haitian lady. She couldn’t stay out or express herself, which made her feel even more trapped. When her Mother started testing her, she then bore the horrible trauma just like her mother when she was violated. This furthered her internal captivity. She felt powerless and alone. She thought that breaking her hymen would free her from her trauma but it did not. She was able to escape the testing but not her on mental prison. Even sex with her husband was traumatic and painful and only furthered her captivity. She couldn’t be free with binging and purging. She even tried to free herself through therapeutic means. She prayed to Erzulie to find her freedom and was troubled none the less. Trying to find a way to be free she went back to Haiti. It was her home and where she felt the safest. In Haiti, she still found no peace. She saw her Tante Atie had become different than she once was. The was friction between Atie
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