The Curse And The Doom Of The New World

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Introduction 1. Fuku means “a curse or a doom of some kind; specifically the Curse and the Doom of the New World” (Diaz, 1). The significance fuku had in the Dominican history and beliefs were that the name was placed on the people that did harm to the Dominican Republic. For example, “The Admiral’s very name has become synonymous with both kinds of fuku, little and large; to say his name aloud or even to hear it is to invite calamity on the heads of you and yours” (Diaz, 1). Also, the dictator Trujillo was considered a powerful fuku, if anyone would have utter his name in vain one would have been kick out of sea. Fuku is believed to have been unleashed by the arrival of Europeans on Hispaniola. 2. I think Diaz chose to convey historical facts and anecdotes in footnote form for the fact that Diaz may assume one may know something. But just in case someone does not know it he included a brief description. For example, when Diaz mentions the dictator Trujillo and if I don’t know anything of him, I can just look at the footnote for brief description of him. Also, I think Diaz chose this method for the people who want to learn more about the person or thing. 3. I think the purpose of Diaz writing this book is related to fuku. This is because the introduction is based on the word fuku and different ways fuku is portrayed in history. Also, on the line, “As I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, I have a fuku story too” (Diaz, 6). The line illustrates that Diaz might write a personal
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