Caroline's Wedding Essay

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Robinson has an M.A. in English. She is a writer, editor, and former teacher of English literature and creative writing. In the following essay, Robinson examines how continuity and community are sought in the Haitian diaspora in Edwidge Danticat’s “Caroline’s Wedding.”

The central event of “Caroline’s Wedding,” the marriage of a young woman from a family of Haitian immigrants living in the United States, acts as the focus for a number of cross-generational and cross-cultural conflicts. While these conflicts threaten to divide the Azile family, by extension, similar conflicts also affect the wider Haitian community, whose members find themselves separated from friends, family, and homeland due to the diaspora caused by Haiti’s historical instability. The story opens with Ma making bone soup, an old Haitian ritual that she hopes will separate Caroline from her fianc...

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