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WESTBURY COURT 1
WESTBURY COURT
EDWIDGE DANTICAT
DEVRY UNIVERSITY

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WESTBURY COURT 2
Sean Carattini
Barbara Monaghan
English
ENGL108
“Westbury Court”
An individual’s environment can influence one’s thoughts
and decisions as evidenced in Danticat’s Westbury Court. Her
surroundings shaped her life in a multitude of ways. For
example, her interaction with others, her motivations in life,
and her perspective as it relates to the world around her. A
person’s views are created in their formative years and are
adjusted as they enter adulthood. Part of who Danticat is today
derives from her years spent in Westbury Court. People are
the summation of their experiences and Danticat’s time in that
“six-story building in a cul-de-sac off of Flatbush Avenue, in
Brooklyn” (pg. 80.), is an integral part of that equation.
Prior to arriving in Brooklyn, Danticat was born in Port-
au-Prince, Haiti. During her time there, she lived in extreme
poverty. Additionally, where there is poverty there is a high
level of crime and a lack of education. Then her family moved to
Westbury Court where according to Danticat, “there was
graffiti on most of the walls…and piles of trash piled up
outside…and the heat and hot water weren’t always on…”(pg. 81).
This account signified the living conditions were sub-standard.
Moreover, while living at Westbury Court she encountered

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 WESTBURY COURT EDWIDGE DANTICAT DEVRY UNIVERSITY Sean Carattini Barbara Monaghan English ENGL108 “Westbury Court” An individual’s environment can influence one’s thoughts and decisions as evidenced in Danticat’s “Westbury Court”. Her surroundings shaped her life in a multitude of ways. For example, her interaction with others, her motivations in life, and her perspective as it relates to the world around her. A person’s views are created in their formative years and are adjusted as they enter adulthood. Part of who Danticat is today derives from her years spent in “Westbury Court”. People are the summation of their experiences and Danticat’s time in that “six-story building in a cul-de-sac off of Flatbush Avenue, in Brooklyn” (pg. 80.), is an integral part of that equation. Prior to arriving in Brooklyn, Danticat was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. During her time there, she lived in extreme poverty. Additionally, where there is poverty there is a high level of crime and a lack of education. Then her family moved to “Westbury Court” where according to Danticat, “there was graffiti on most of the walls…and piles of trash piled up outside…and the heat and hot water weren’t always on…”(pg. 81). This account signified the living conditions were sub-standard. Moreover, while living at “Westbury Court” she encountered issues that no fourteen-year old adolescent should endure. She witnessed death, crime and i ...
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