Essay Topic 1
Describe and discuss the setting of the novel as depicted in Part One. In what era does the novel begin? What was the political climate like in Haiti at this time? How did the Haitians view French rule? What was the viewpoint of France regarding slavery in the Caribbean?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the character of Ti Noël and his role as protagonist in the novel. What characteristics stand out in Ti Noël as “heroic”? How does Ti Noël view the world around him in Part One? What are his views on the colonial slave owners?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the symbolic elements presented in Part One, including the following: the wax heads, the bright posters, and Macandal’s missing arm. What do each of these symbols represent? How do they relate to the central themes of the novel? How does Macandal’s missing arm...
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