Patriotism In Colin Hyde's Growing Up In Old Belize

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Fights, Patriotism and Second-hand Smoking In Colin Hyde’s Growing Up in Old Belize, he maintains his simple word choice, use of descriptive words to describe events, people and scenes as well as his Creole diction to portray the life of a young Creole boy in old Belize. In chapters twelve to fourteen, Hyde narrates his experiences with politics, bad habits and elderly people manner of settling fights. Hyde’s narration in chapters twelve to fourteen exposes his growth mentally, physically and emotionally as he deals with the societal changes occurring in Old Belize. In chapter twelve, Hyde’s mental focus is on his love for country (patriotism) and self (black pride). The chapter begins with his love for his country and politics. In those days the two popular…show more content…
He begins by giving background information and physical descriptions of things they do or are most noted for at home. He revealed that Evan is the studious brother, who reads continuously and Christine was a tomboy until their mom set her straight with the ‘whip’. However, the main revelation is that of Hyde’s physical encounters with his siblings as he pounces on Ron, his younger brother. Most importantly, Hyde exposes the consequences for continuously engaging in fights at home and disobedience, ‘lashing’. He relates one event of such as he went with his friend Rudy in a dory one afternoon and returned home wet up. “My ma will lash me if this dory ‘ton oava’ an I goh hoam wet,” shows the discipline that occurred under the Hyde’s residence as he is aware of his consequence for his disobedience (Hyde, 174). Hyde concludes the chapter by describing the area in which he lives in and the scene on a Saturday pay day evenings. He recalls how the older men would drink and misbehave but most importantly the way in which older men in his days settle arguments using the
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