To Da Duh questions

                                             To da duh, in Memoriam


Previewing texts:


1) By looking at the picture, what we predict that the title has two different points which makes us understand, what is the story about. First, when it says “To Da-Duh´´ which is meant is was written for someone. Second the fact that is says “In Memoriam´´ is representing that this person is dead.



What I know What I want to know What I learned
  • we can know through this story that there is a person writing a text to a person who is dead now. The writer does this by doing this a memoriam
  • we wanted to how the the writer was connected to this dead person and also which was the cause of his death.
-we learned that they both have a bond that connected them.

– Also we earned about the lives of both characters.

– Finally, I learned that although they lived in different countries and were raised with other cultures, we can notice that both of them, the grandmother and the writer, have things in common


Pre-reading Vocabulary

  1. Definition: Not letting up or weakening.

-The unrelenting storm continued to destroy the area.

  1. Definition: Causing fear, apprehension, or dread.

-he was considered by many to be a formidable opponent.

  1. Definition: Reprimand or censure.

-The teacher reproved the student because he was cheating.

  1. Definition: eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant.

-the truculent attitude of farmers to cheaper imports

  1. Definition: Weakened by old age; feeble; infirm.

– an old, decrepit man

  1. Definition: To caution, advise, or counsel against something.

-She admonished them to be careful

  1. Definition: Lasting for an indefinitely long time; enduring.

-the perennial quest for certainty

  1. Definition: Rigorously self-disciplined and severely moral; ascetic; abstinent.

-The room was big, dark, an austere place.

  1. Definition: To draw out or lengthen, especially in time; extend the duration of; prolong.

-A complaint having been made to the emperor that he was needlessly protracting hostilities.

  1. Definition: Something that threatens to cause evil, harm, injury, etc.; a threat.
  • He picked up a menacing looking tool.


Questions for thoughts

  1. As the narrator says it is a memory we know it is in the past.
  2. The setting of the story is in Barbados a tropical island
  3. The woman was enslaved for many years. As she was tired of it she still was proud of what her family and her did.
  4. – Da-duh addresses to the narrator’s mother as “child” as the narrator states that her mother had been reduced to her status as she is shown as a child too. She is Da-duh’s daughter, as she is her mother’s child.
  5. She prefers boys instead of girls, the reason of this is the British colonization.
  6. Da-duh when she first meets with the narrator, she gives her a harsh look and decides to draw back. This ended in a kind of conflict as da- duh claimed to her daughter that her granddaughter has a fierce look so she will not triumph in the future as her sister
  7. At the moment the narrator and her family arrived, the St. Andrews people were shocked and astonished as they have a really different culture. The way they talked and also the way they dressed were totally different from the ways of the people of barbados.
  8. Da-duh response in a badly way as she got mad because she didn’t like the manner in which the St. andrews people praised the american culture that she didn’t like it at all. She got angry as she thought they were too amazed and astounded in the foreign and modern culture of the americans.
  9. The grandmother grip the narrators hands tightly as we can notice that she is afraid and feared the machines. They make her feel unsafe so she didn’t trust them. This makes us the readers to understand that Da-duh didn’t like the fact of modernisation and evolution and also the fact that the machines have been acquired too fast by the society
  10. The narrator regards the cane field as a place of “giant weeds” as she did not appreciated the cane field as her grandmother did.  She thought that that are could be used for other things and didn’t saw the nature that her grandmother see.
  11. Da-duh repeats this phrase as she thinks that in no way living in New York could be better than living in Barbados. As she grew up there and loves the culture, she thinks and tries to convince her granddaughter that Barbados is a better place.
  12. Da-duh does not like New York at all. Although her granddaughters are from that place, she thinks that Barbados will always be a better place to live. However, at the same time she is curious about New York and how is the life there.
  13. The narrator is very dramatic when she describes snow, all because she wants to impress Da-Duh. These two characters are always competing about whose country is better.
  14. The city is Da-Duh great fear.
  15. Because of her view of society she had, which was the one that white people have more privileges and ruled black people.
  16. Da-Duh´s roots come from Barbados and Royal Palm represents how wonderful the island is and is a special place for Barbadians.
  17. Da-duh become angry when the narrator describes the empire state building as the city of New York was seemed to have much more incredible things than she ever expected. Moreover, she also becomes angry as she cannot accept the immensity and greatness of the empire state and how the quality of life have changed so she feels isolated compare to this huge and advanced city.
  18. At first she feels in a way cheerful as she was triumphant. However, then we can get to know that She started feeling more depressed and sad as she recognized that her grandmother was affected by the fact that she won.
  19. The narrator decided to go to live alone as when her grandmother dies she feels responsible and blame herself for her death. She feels sorry for the way she treated Da-duh as when she was able to meet her, they have many fights and discussions so she was not able to know her better and missed her.



Literary focus

1)The process where the personality of a character is revealed by the action she or he takes. In the story indirect characterization is shown in the character Da-Duh throughout her personality.

2)The type of narrator the author uses is 1st person narration. This point of view enhance the story as we can get to understand in a clearer way the bond between both, the writer and her grandmother as we know through the writer thoughts their feelings and their rivalry making us to get involved in the reading.


Critical thinking

In our opinion, It wouldn’t have been good for her. She would felt bad and disappointed. Da-Duh had never visited the city and the tallest thing she had seen, was in the Royal Palm, where she took the narrator. If she had seen the city she would have felt awful.

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