The Deeper Meaning
The play is a retelling of the struggle against colonialism.
The three brothers represents the challengers to colonialism:
Gros-Jean represents the slave generation that thinks brut strength is the answer to all problems.
Mi-Jean represents the middle class with their snob ideals.
Ti-Jean is today’s generation
Therefore, the brothers represent the movement of the generations throughout the West Indian history.
The Devil/The Planter represents the colonial system. The Plantation that he owns also reinforces this idea.
Bolom is representative of the West Indian people who were dominated by the tyranny of colonialism. However, we see the birth of the people after the death of the Planter/the Devil (the symbolic overthrowing of the colonizers).
Ti-jean calls for rebellion signifies the rise of the Black Power of Revolution]]>