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Tanti Merle At The Oval Essay

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Throughout the piece Tanti at the Oval written by Paul Keens Douglas I would be discussing the use of the Creole language and why Creole is a language, Tanti Merle as an individual and the significance of cricket to Caribbean.
Paul Keens Douglas use of the Creole language (Trinidad) and different intonations created a vivid image of his Caribbean life and his experience taking Tanti Merle to the Oval. This language is commonly used for telling anecdotes and gave the story humour because he used different techniques of the language such as repetition for emphasis, “I vex, vex, vex” here he expresses his dismay. He also intelligently used famous Trinidadian phrases such as “well who tell he tuh say dat” meaning ‘you should have not said that’ and “she take over de backseat like de Queen of Sheba” meaning ‘she sat as if she owned the car’ depict how humorous ...view middle of the document...

In the monologue Tanti Merle is a woman who cannot be controlled. She is also rustic as described in her antics before, during and after her visit to the Oval. Since this was her first time at the Oval, she wanted to be prepared hence her packing a basket with goodies and carried a parasol to shade from the sun as most Caribbean older women do. She is also a proud woman of her country and at any and every opportunity that passes her she lets them know. She doesn’t tolerate nonsense as was heard in the line “Tanti get vex, she say the crowd too hypocrite, is how they cheering for one body and backing the next one.”
Cricket is important to Caribbean as it is a competitive sport with country rivalry and creates a stimulating atmosphere. It is loved by most Caribbean people young and old especially by the male population because of the history behind this sport .According to C.L.R James in his book Beyond the Boundaries he mentioned that in the colonial times slaves won’t allow to participate in this event because it was only meant for the colonials’ enjoyment. This I believed may had sparked an interest in the slaves to become involved in this sport and hence till today West Indian cricketers are one of teams in the world as that history drives their motivation.
To conclude the creole language used by Paul Keens Douglas incorporated humour in his piece and that Creole is a language, Tanti Merle is an impressionable individual who is not afraid to speak her mind and lastly cricket is significant in the Caribbean because of its history.

[ 1 ]. Creole is a language with pidgin in its ancestry.- Rochford, Edlin: Communication Studies, New York: Bloomington, iUniverse, Inc, 2008, Print
[ 2 ]. Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players each on a field at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. Each team takes its turn to bat, attempting to score runs, while the other team fields. Each turn is known as an innings.-

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