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YAO Affoué Hélène - THE METAPHOR OF MARSHALL PLANTATION IN ERNEST JAMES GAINES’ OF LOVE AND DUST Version imprimable Suggérer par mail
23-05-2013
YAO Affoué Hélène
Assistant
University of Cocody-Abidjan
 
Introduction

The setting in a literary work means much more than a background for a story. It is a cultural space as well. Its interconnection with the characters produces meaning or sometimes acts for or against their social enhancement, whereas metaphors are used to represent abstract ideas or concepts. Apart from being a fact, the term ‘Plantation’ has a specific and connotative meaning in African-American literature. A Plantation is a separate space within an area with many other plantations or living spaces. One of the major characteristics of a plantation is its spatial size which makes it a place. Like a small territory, a plantation in its functioning is a political entity with a governor and his subjects. This is the type of structure in force at Marshall Plantation, in Ernest Gaines’ Of Love and Dust.