Essay on Discuss Merle Hodge’S Crick Crack Monkey As a Novel

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Discuss Merle Hodge’S Crick Crack Monkey As a Novel


Merle Hodge born in 1944, in Trinidad is the daughter of an immigration officer. After studying at the Bishop Anstey’s high school of Trinidad, she obtained the Trinidad and Tobago Girls Island
Scholarship in 1962 which led her to the university college of London.
She obtained a degree in French and later in 1967 a Master Philosophy degree. Merle Hodge traveled a lot in Eastern and Western Europe and when she returned to Trinidad she started teaching French in junior schools. Later she obtained a post of lecturer at the University of the West Indies. In 1979, she started to work for
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“However, looking at the story of "crick crack monkey" through the eyes of a young white girl, rather than a young black girl, the reader might see the injustice and the ethnic discrimination that a black person must endure. She would not be accustomed to being called a "little black nincompoop" (Hodge
457), and she would most likely not have to suffer a physical beating with a ruler (Hodge 456)”

Tee becomes the narrator and Hodge guides the reader through an “intensely personal study of the effects of the colonial imposition of various social and cultural values on the Trinidadian female.” Tee narrates the diverse problems in her life in such a way that it is often complicated to split up “the voice of the child, experiencing, from the voice of the woman, reminiscing; in this manner, Hodge broadens the scope of the text considerably.” It has often been seen that the
British have used various techniques to influence the viewpoints of the Caribbean people. “The people's self awareness, religion, language, and culture has coped with the influx of British ideals and in coping, the people have changed to appease the islands' highly influential British population.”

Crick Crack Monkey is made to be a novel dealing with the conflict of cultures that Tee has to accept. We first meet Tee when her mother dies and she is portrayed as being surrounded by people. She experiences ‘crowd-scenes’ where she has all her
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