The Haitian political climate was horrible; people suffered a lot due to it. Everyone was poor, and there were definitely people that overpowered others. The power some people had over others made them narcissistic. This environment made most people numb. People that died or left didn't have much of an effect on everybody else because they were so used to the horror in their daily lives. They longed and hoped for change to happen, but change didn't happen for a while. Danticat was probably one of those people; a person that was so immune to the pain their surrounding world was bringing them. She was powerless in her political climate. I could only imagine how bad things were for people back then in Haiti through her writing. Many people in the book lost their lives pursuing what they wanted to do. Danticat remained hopeful and was lucky enough to move somewhere where the political climate wasn't so restrictive for women. I feel like moving away from that environment helped her become the person she is now. The political climate you're in will shape you in one way or the other. Getting out of something like that makes you very grateful. I know what this is like because I've experienced it firsthand.
I was born in Jordan, and I was practically raised here. I feel like they value boys over girls there, and that makes me very upset. I'm so glad that my parents moved here when I was 6 because I got to leave that environment. I am lucky enough to have parents that let me pursue what I want to do, but most people in Jordan don't, and it saddens me. There are very strict rules sometimes if you're a girl depending on how your parents want to raise you, and I don't think that it should be that way at all. Jordan's political climate has definitely shaped me. Even though my parents live here, we still follow a lot of Jordanian traditions. I love my roots, but I hate the fact that some Jordanians look so low upon girls makes me sick. My family has shown me that not everyone is to be trusted and that strictness is good sometimes. They learned this from the mildly ruthless political climate they lived in. My parents were born and raised in that political climate, and they moved to the United States that way, I could have it way better than they did. I try my best to make them proud because of this. They left everything they knew and called home for my siblings and me to live out our dreams, and for that, I'm forever grateful.
The short story A Wall of Fire Rising represents how events in the past influenced an event in the present time. Guy tried his hardest to provide for his son and his wife. Lili, his wife, tries to be content with what she has but wishes she had more. The guy is very ashamed of the work he does, but he knows he has to do it for his family, and that's what keeps him going until it doesn't anymore. Guy feels like he's not living the life he's always wanted to live, and that makes him a very sad person. He would talk about t...