Thursday, September 28, 2006

Justice by Remembrance

“Justice” how can you define it and does it really exist. An optimistic person might tell you that it exist, but only in fleeting moments of any given persons lifetime. A pessimistic person may tell you that justice does not exist and that life is only a endless experience of pain and suffering. Each person makes their decisions about justice from personal experiences. When authors write stories are they merely telling stories that have been passed down to them or does each story carry a piece of them. In Danticat’s case I think it’s a little bit of both worlds.
In her stories it is easier to see and feel a sense of injustice. In chapters such as “Nineteen Thirty-Seven” readers can easily see the injustice which superstition can bring into the world. But even before superstition is incorporated into the story, a tale of a massacre is clearly stated. How can the reader view justice in this world where people are killed brutally for their race or gender? How can readers see through the deaths to something more?
It is in the unity of the women “who have lost their mothers” where the readers can find hope and justice. Danticat does not give the reader a resolution or a “happy ending”, but she does show the strength of the human soul through the acceptance and survival of her characters. When their mothers are killed they mourn, but continue living. The characters continue living by remembering the ones who have been lost through “pilgrimages” to the “place where it all begun.” This is the justice that we see in Danticat, it is the act of remembrance and survival.