Danticat's The Farming Of Bones And George Orwell's Animal Farm

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In 1492, Christopher Columbus founded an island in the western Atlantic Ocean and he named it Hispaniola. Hispaniola was inhabited by the Arawaks, and they were the ones responsible for later giving Haiti its name. Haiti soon became one of France’s most prosperous colonies in the America’s, and it also became one of the world’s leading chief coffee and sugar producers. Around the 18th century settlement began to expand here, and Haiti was settled by Creoles, slaves, Frenchmen, and freed blacks. Around this time, the Haitian society was undergoing some tough times and a debate over power had begun. The concern with governmental authority was a major problem, and within a short period of time, a revolt for independence had broken out, and destroyed the entire society. As time continued to pass, the revolt continued, but in 1804 Haiti was able to gain complete independence (Infoplease.com).
The society of Haiti today is in very poor and horrific conditions. The country of Haiti is still undergoing many governmental issues, and a lot of violence is still occurring due to the difference of opinions in regards to the president and other forms of leadership. To add to the chaos, this country is filled with many more economic problems such health issues, employment and unemployment issues, and the biggest issues deal with natural disasters. Within the past two years, Haiti and its bordering countries have experienced four natural disasters, all of which have claimed the lives of thousands of people. For Haiti the most disastrous event was the earthquake that hit in January of 2010. This earthquake has completely ruined Haiti, and aside from killing thousands, those that survived were left homeless. Because Haiti is ranked as one of the poorest countries in the world, they have not been able to rebuild their economy, and they practically live off the aid given to them by other countries. With all of the problems in Haiti continuing to add up, it is very difficult for Haiti to rebuild their economy, and make it out of the present state in which they are currently in (Shah).
Though Haiti has been full of hardships and nothing seems to go right there, it is still full of very talented people who use their experiences to benefit themselves, and inform others of their life experiences. These people tell their stories thorough various ways, and some of the most effective ways include writing books and poems. One of the most renowned authors from Haiti is a woman named Edwidge Danticat. Danticat was born on January 19, 1969 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. At the age of two her father moved to the United States with the intentions of finding work, and two years later her mother did the same. While her parents were away, Danticat stayed with her father’s brother in the poor section of Port-au-Prince. At the age of twelve, she was able to move to Brooklyn and live with her parents again. Once there, she attended school and had a hard time adjusting...

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