Aline's Journey

This study guide will help you analyze the short story “Aline’s Journey” by Edwidge Danticat, which can be found in Texting – 1st Year Fiction, pp. 12-17. You can also find a summary of the text, as well as inspiration for interpreting it. 

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Title: “Aline’s Journey” (2003)
Author: Edwidge Danticat
Genre: Short story

Edwidge Danticat was born in 1969 in Haiti and moved to Brooklyn, New York, when she was 12 years old, to join her parents who had immigrated there some years previously. She has written several novels and short stories. Her MA thesis at Brown University was the basis for her first novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, published in 1994. Many of her works explore racism, immigration, and national identity. She is an advocate for Haitians both at home and abroad. She has received several awards for her body of work. 


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The title of the short story, "Aline's Journey", indicates both the protagonist – Aline - and what the story is about – a journey. However, it does not reveal anything about the actual plot, which is about a clandestine journey from Haiti to the United States by boat, which turns the protagonist and her family into illegal immigrants. Furthermore, the title can also be interpreted symbolically as a journey away from innocence, as the little girl discovers and starts understanding why she and her family had to flee Haiti and is slowly disillusioned by the American dream: “… I look for my blue dress, the one I had worn on my journey. But like all our hopes and dreams, it too has been taken away.” 


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