Ti-Jean and His Brothers Analysis


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


2 thoughts on “Ti-Jean and His Brothers Analysis”

  1. Hello sir, but Ti-Jean does not make revolution for the sake of Black revolution but rather his revolution was against the colonizer and to emphasize a west Indian identity that does not mimic the colonizer nor the black power represented by Gros Jean

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