A Woman Of Color, By Kincaid 's Novel, Lucy, And The Four Daughters

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In Kincaid’s novel Lucy, Lucy desired to create an identity outside of her cultures traditions in her desire to define herself. Lucy, an innocent nineteen year old girl arrived in a new environment and a new world in search of finding herself in order to become the young woman she had always wanted to be. Lucy entered the United States to work as an au- pair for an upper middle class family; Mariah Lewis and their four daughters. She presented herself as a very outspoken and extremely dogmatic young lady. Lucy’s role as the domestic laborer and a woman of color was typical of a Caribbean and American world colliding and her identity as a woman of color is introduced. Lucy came to America to study to become a nurse while “…being the young girl who watches over the children and goes to school at night”(7). Her identity as someone from another culture and an immigrant is depicted throughout the novel as she constantly remembered and referenced to her homeland of Antigua. Although Lucy occasionally referred to her identity or race in the novel, she constantly hinted to her Caribbean upbringing and her post –colonial background which had imprisoned and placed her in bondage. Lucy never verbalized that she was a woman of color, but the text forced the reader to infer that she was a woman of color. Her racial identity was evident during her trip to Mariah’s childhood home when she made the observation on the train, she noted, “The other people sitting down to eat dinner all…

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