Zachary McCallum 

English 1121 (Prof. Scanlan) 




¬†‚ÄėNew York Day Women‚Äô Literary Research Paper¬†


‚ÄúNew York Day Women‚ÄĚ by Edwidge Danticat focuses primarily on a mother and daughter who immigrated to the U.S from Haiti. Suzette (the daughter)¬†is on a lunch break in Manhattan when she catches her mother out and about. This throws her off guard because according to her, her mother has never¬†left Brooklyn and is wary about taking the train.¬†Suzette follows her mother around to see what she‚Äôs¬†up¬†to.¬†¬†


¬†In the article ‚ÄúOral¬†narrative as short story cycle: forging community in Edwidge Danticat’s Krik?¬†Krak!‚ÄĚ,¬†Rocio G. Davis¬†dives into topics such as motherhood, womanhood,¬†class issues and much more.¬†While¬†Rocio G. Davis‚Äô¬†article dives into those¬†specific¬†topics ‚ÄúMothering the¬†Motherless:¬†Portrayals of¬†alternative¬†mothering, practicing within the Caribbean¬†diaspora‚Ä̬†by¬†Amanda Putnam adds the focus of¬†identifying¬†one’s¬†self¬†along with¬†motherhood.¬†Both¬†articles share¬†a strong message¬†of motherhood, feminism, class issues and¬†self-empowerment.¬†In an effort to¬†show this, I will show how¬†‚ÄúNew York Day Women‚ÄĚ exhibits¬†a strong sense of motherhood and feminist ethics¬†which allows the main character to grow into a more¬†well-defined¬†woman. After this, I will go into detail about¬†the¬†self-awareness¬†the¬†main character goes through¬†due to the help of her mother.¬†¬†


Throughout the story Suzanne’s recalls bits of advice and messages that her mother used to give her throughout her lifetime. Through her mother’s guidance and counsel Suzanne became enlightened.  



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