The Imagery of Fire in Edwidge Danticat’s “A Wall of Fire Rising”

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The Imagery of Fire in Edwidge Danticat’s “A Wall of Fire Rising”

The imagery of fire in Edwidge Danticat 's short story “A Wall of Fire Rising” possesses a very powerful meaning and also continually changes throughout the entirety of the story. Fire was a very sacred thing to have, especially during the time this story has taken place. One example of how fire is used in the story "A Wall of Fire Rising" is the fire that is burning deep down inside of Big Guy. This fire is a metaphor of the build up of all of Big Guy 's emotions and frustrations that happen and are presented throughout his life. Big Guy struggles with his inner self a lot. He is also ashamed because he has not had a job in six months, and even that job
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In this perspective, the kerosene lamp represents Little Guy’s ambition of wanting success in his play and approval from his parents. No matter how dim the light was in the family’s hut, Little Guy was determined to learn his lines next to the lamp: “The boy went back to the corner where he had been studying and pulled out a thick book carefully covered in brown paper.” (pg 233) “He had to strain his eyes to see the words by the light of an old kerosene lamp, which that night – like all others – flickered as though it was burning it’s very last wick.” (pg 233) Learning these lines were super important to Little Guy because he wanted to do well in his play for school. Having such a significant part in the school play and being Boukman made Little Guy proud and he also wanted his parents to approve of him and be proud of him too. Little Guy would constantly interrupt Big Guy and Lili from their conversations or whatever they were doing by bringing up his lines in anyway possible: “A man is judged by his deeds,” she said. “The boy never goes to bed hungry. For as long as he’s been with us, he’s always ben fed.” (pg 242) “Just as if he had heard himself mentioned, the boy came dashing from the other side of the field, crashing on top of his parents.” “My new lines,” he said. “I Have forgotten my new lines.” (pg
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