Recap: character analysis:
Mr. Johnson: a member of a plantocracy; educated man aware of the latest news from Europe and the Caribbean; immoral (see Césaire); attentive of appearances; a pessimist and pioneer of the breeding system in Jamaica.
Johnson: cautious with Mr. Johnson; father to many children in the plantation; aware of the repercussions of the breeding system and of the role of women in the forced labor camp; had pride in some of his daughters; had fears of having to copulate one of his daughters or to render her to Mr. Johnson.
Mary: spiteful; focused on revenge against Johnson and Mr. Johnson; she used psychological means and seductive performance to achieve it; she accepted the violent cost of it;
Oral presentation on Wages Paid “Part III Lunch and Part IV Early Afternoon.”
Part III: Lunch
Group 1 and 2
How Cho Cho’s analyses the possibilities of rebellion by considering different generations of enslaved people (section VI 41-2)
Group 3 and 4
.How Johnson’s search for his daughter Alice demonstrates a different side of his life at the labor camp? What ideas he meditates on during his walk? How do you interpret the interaction between Johnson, Alice, and Abel? (45-47)
Part IV: Early Afternoon
How Mary achieved the first phase of her revenge against Johnson and Mr. Johnson?
Part IV (Section II 48)
Mary identifies Johnson and Mr. Johnson’s weaknesses: sex; Johnson’s daughter, Alice.
Part IV (Section IV 49)
“Mary decides to work up a pretext to see Mr. Johnson and get the words she wanted to his ears and let them stay there.”
“Dis food taste funny.”
Part IV (Section IV 52)
Mr. Johnson thought of how women could pressure men and “tear them apart in ways that were not necessarily physical.”
Part IV (Section VI 52-3)
Mary tells Mister Johnson that one of the enslaved women is “messin with your business.”
Part IV (Section X 53-54)
Mr. Johnson was frightened of poisoning. “Heavy damage in terms of loss of life.”
“She had upset Mr. Johnson, turned the tables on him without his really knowing, while he was feeling that he was in control.”
Part IV (Section XIV 55)
“Mary sneaked that in, nicely, slyly, under Mr. Johnson’s anger. She had successfully got it taken for granted that it was Johnson who was guilty…”
Part IV (Section XV 55)
Mary suggests that Johnson will poison the food again and that he is the one responsible for the spread of venereal diseases. She asks Mr. Johnson what is he going to do?
Part IV (Section XI 56)
“Mary had jolted him badly and caused him personal physical fear that his precarious world was falling.”
Part IV (Section XIII; XIV 56-7)
“You and Johnson really love woman”
“He realized that he was now talking to Mary like an equal.”
Part IV (Sections XVIII; XIX; XX; XXI 58-9)
After being punished, Mary gives the final blow by suggesting that Johnson should have sex with Alice, Johnson’s daughter as a way to get revenge and supposedly to cure his venereal disease.