A Thief in the Village Setting

James Berry
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"A Thief in the Village" is set in the Jamaican countryside Berry knew when he was young, and the places and characters he depicts are based on those experiences. The story takes place on the farm on where Nenna and Man-Man live, the village near the farm, and the home of Big-Walk. The farm provides one setting for Nenna to grow as an individual when she learns from her brother some of the techniques required for guarding the property from thieves at night. She begins to mature through successfully conducting unfamiliar tasks. Her life becomes more complex when in the village. She recalls how the villagers seem to have caught Big-Walk out, suggesting that he is the man who has been stealing from all the local farmers. Her view in this reminiscence is simple: everyone says Big-Walk must be guilty, therefore he is guilty. Nenna's attitude mirrors the...

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