M Ma Tine Case Study

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I am pretty impressed by Jose’s grandmother, M’ Ma Tine, who raised Jose and took care of him alone. She spent her entire life working hard to earn an opportunity for Jose to change his life.
• She was visionary, far-sighted and never broke her principle. M’ Ma Tine was one of the very few people who realized the cycle behind poor living of black people on the alley. Parents couldn’t afford tuition fees for their children. They had to force children to abandon studies and attend labor force early, while lack of education further prevented their children to purse better jobs and improve economic situation. The only way to break the class ceiling is to acquire better education. When Jose attempted to join in other children to work on sugarcane fields, she beat her grandson so hard that she hoped Jose would never touch the cyclical tragedy of many other black children.
• Her spirit of self-sacrifice was prestige and breathtaking. After Jose acquired scholarship in high school, M’Ma Tine decided to move to nearby outskirt to provide a better studying environment for Jose even though it would take her more time to walk between home and workplace. She worked overload and refused to retire at her age. Even when she was heavily sick, M’Ma Tine still went to work to earn as much as funds to support Jose’s education. Without her sacrifice, Jose would never be able to escape from sugar cane alley.
• Poverty can destroy M’ Ma Tine’s life but not her mind. Her wisdom didn’t come from books, but from her observation of experiences of many other people living around sugar cane alley. She did witness the cruel exploitation behaviors from white colonists throughout her life. But she never gave in, and turned her determination into efforts to make changes for Jose’s future.
The protagonist, Jose, is another impressing character in the film. He successfully fought against harsh circumstances and grew into a famous writer. And his success was by no means accidental.
• Premature adulthood. Jose’s childhood reminded me of Okonkwo and Ezinma from Things Fall Apart. Okonkwo and Ezinma both reached critical point where their very existence was at stake and survived at a very young age. Jose learnt the reality of racism when he

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