A Small Place By Kincaid Essay

1759 Words Dec 6th, 2016 8 Pages
Travelling is inevitably a change from routine, a break or perhaps even freeing for some. With the right amount of romantic evocation, attractions and plenty of nature’s sceneries, anything beautiful can undermine the reality when it is written on paper. “A Small Place” by Kincaid seeks to challenge this very notion by revealing a darker side of tourism, a dimension that looks beyond Antigua as a tourist locale. Behind a romanticized narrative of Antigua reveals the challenges of post-colonialism and the ways in which servility to power creates a disfiguring illusion for tourists. While a travel guide may provide enough basic information about a place, more often than not, it undermines reality and leaves out the very direness of the situation. “A Small Place” is recognized as an anti-travel narrative by provoking readers to acknowledge colonialism and its effects but more importantly, by addressing the Otherness of Antiguans inhabitants and reversing the picturesque gaze that is very much promoted in travel narratives.

Colonialism continues to thrive for those who are unable to escape it. Kincaid deconstructs this very notion by complicating Antigua as a nation and uncovering this hidden aspect of contemporary life in Antigua that is often ignored by the government. The old library is therefore a very conflicted symbol, epitomizing Antigua’s failure to be independent. “This building was damaged in the earthquake of 1974” (Kincaid 42) is evident that there is massive…

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