Présence Francophone: Revue internationale de langue et de littérature


The struggle for liberation and the acquisition of independences by black people are embodied by the protagonist, Christopher in La Tragédie du roi Christophe by Aimé Césaire. In addition, a spiritual dimension was needed to unite black community across the globe. King Christopher is a source of spiritual inspiration which is grounded on faith in hard work whose aim is the ongoing uplift of man. Therefore, there is a sort of religiosity in La Tragédie du roi Christophe, which does not necessarily conjure up a divine entity to look for a long term solution, for instance the quest for freedom and independence. This personal religious stance that King Christopher adopts based on faith in hard work corresponds to a literary utopia which, beyond the citadel symbol, is at the core of the creation of a new society.



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