based on Edwidge Danticat’s essay, “We Are Ugly, but We Are Here” and her short

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based on Edwidge Danticat’s essay, “We Are Ugly, but We Are Here” and her short story “Ghosts”:
1. In “We Are Ugly, but We Are Here”: Edwidge Danticat celebrates the resilience of the women of Haiti in surviving a culture of toxic masculinity that corrupts the history and politics of Haiti. By telling the story of Queen Anacaona, the Indian ruler of pre-colonial Haiti, Danticat speculates (without directly saying so) that had the rule of the Queen not been disrupted violently by Spanish and follow-up invasions, the history of Haiti would have been different; a kinder and gentler and more stable Haiti would have emerged. You can say that by writing about the Queen and her “lineage” in the women of Haiti, Danticat reclaims Haiti as a space for women.
Prove the validity of the above statement in a 1-2 page response. (50)
2. In her short story “Ghosts” Edwidge Danticat portrays modern day Haiti as a corrupt and brutal/lawless society. But the corruption stems from the same history of a culture of toxic masculinity as in “We are Ugly but, We are Here,” where machismo is so prevalent that it leads to a normalization of violence. In a 1-2 page response, validate the above observation on “Ghosts” with evidence from the story. In the process please also discuss what the “Ghosts” of the story’s title refers to. (50)

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