Derek Walcott’s Dream on Monkey Mountain: A Christian Allegory in the Face of Colonisation

Derek Walcott’s Dream on Monkey Mountain: A Christian Allegory in the Face of Colonisation

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Publishing year : 2015

Conference : Third International Conference on Applied Research in Language Studies

Number of pages : 10

Abstract: Living in mixed St. Lucian world and exposed to both colonial and folk cultures, Derek Walcott is aware of the plurality of the Caribbean society. Exploring the European colonial heritage of the Caribbean, Walcott tries to find expressions for the difficulties inherent in Caribbean identity, a key theme that runs throughout his works. Walcotts works are typically postcolonial in that they acknowledge the combination of European and African heritages that have influenced identity development in the Caribbean. Dream on Monkey Mountain is Walcotts the best known and most played play. It is a complex allegory, which, in its heart, concerns racial and cultural identity. Studying the Dream on Monkey Mountain, we find echoes of Christsome kind of Messiah figure throughout the play. Meanwhile, the play illustrates the themes of colonization, poverty, and social and personal identity in a world where rass subjugation is absolute and blackness is completely devalued. In brief, it may be said that the author of this paper intends to read Dream on Monkey Mountain once again under the light of some of the common concepts of Christianity in the form of parodies to confirm its artistic expression.