Myriam Warner-Vieyra's Juletane

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In writing women’s history, researchers have been exceptionally profound to find personal documents written by women—autobiographies, memoirs, diaries and journals, and family correspondence. In Myriam Warner-Vieyra’s, Juletane, the Caribbean frame story captures woman's alienation and the of the central characters, Juletane and Helene, through marriage and tragedy. When Helene, the most empowered woman in the novel who also holds an advanced degree from Paris, reads the diary of Juletane, she finds her heart touched in several ways and her sensibilities rekindled. Juletane wrote the diary in a month's time, in 1961, but conveyed it in the occurrences of the previous five years of her life - she went into a problematic seclusion from the world and became categorized as a mad woman by her village, while Helen became a prosperous social worker, yet an emotionally volatile woman. In spite of the dissimilarities that separate them, the case here is that both women set out to rediscover the role of women in Caribbean…show more content…
In order to reemerge her identity and accept herself of her painful experiences of the past, she had to accept some of her memories. Although writing in the diary may have helped Juletane to connect with her inner-self, the writing subjectively influenced her exploits of murderous vengeance and destruction. Once Juletane has begun to analyze her pain and the causes for it, she launches a sequence of harsh and fatal acts. The first crime, was trying to poison her first co-wife's children. She committed it unconsciously and denied it to such a degree that she cannot even recall having performed the act. The second crime was trying to injure her second co-wife with boiling oil. Is committed as a conscious act. It is a crime that Juletane considers crueler and more appropriate than murder, because the co-wife will continue to live, but as a gruesomely disfigured

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