Elements of Ti-Jean and His Brothers

Elements of the Play

  • tragicomedy,
  • frame narrative,
  •  comedic aspect,
  • dialect speech


Trinidad, Trinidad Creole culture, story takes place in the rainforest of the Trinidad, animals are telling the stories


  • Gros Jon sang when he left home
  • Mi Jean sang the song of silence
  • Ti Jean sang when he was comparing himself to David and Goliath 
  • The devil sings when he eats the human flesh and there is an explosion every time he does this

Symbolism in Ti-Jean and His Brothers

Symbols and Symbolism Defined

A symbol in literature is something that represents something else. There symbolism is a figure of speech where an object, person, or situation has another meaning other than its literal meaning.

 Symbolism in the Play

A major theme is colonialism, and each brother represents a phase of opposition towards colonial rule Gros-Jean represents strength against the opposition, but the devil represents colonial oppressor.

Mi-Jean represents intelligence against the opposition,Ti-Jean represents belief in God, common sense, and taking advice from other people, like his animal friends. 

The Devil and the many masks he wears represent colonial oppression.

Bolom represents the community that wouldn’t be born, and when he is born, it represents the community that can come to be Morality— faith in God is better than strength and intelligence, Ti-Jean is compared to David


CSEME PRO members, you can find sample Ti-Jean and his Brothers questions under Teacher Membership -‘English B Questions’


resource: Texas, U. (2017). A Summary of Ti-Jean and His Brothers