Analysis Of Michelle Cliff, Edwidge Danticat, And Jamaica Essay

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Throughout the works we have studied in class, identity has been a common theme. Forming an identity is imperative to the writers we have studied. Identity in relation to genetics, family, and overall lineage is something closely connected to Caribbean literature. Michelle Cliff, Edwidge Danticat, and Jamaica Kincaid all left their respective Caribbean homelands to settle into new environments. The writings include a deep search for a strong identity. These identities often take root in lineage, or a thematic link to genetics stemming from homeland.
Michelle Cliff’s writings focused mostly on her identity in relation to her past. Her mixed Jamaican and European ancestry, sexual identity, and lineage blend into Claiming an Identity They Taught Me to Despise. Her identity and self-formation takes most of its shape in her background. “Obsolete Geography” is a fragmented piece that utilizes memories and stream of consciousness to connect to a lengthy ending prose. It takes her childhood observations then pieces them together years later, after realizing their meaning and importance: “Twenty years these things rush back at me: the memories of a child inside and outside.”.
Cliff’s language focuses heavily on lineage and family breakdown in respect to self. Her childish preoccupation with labeling her lineage, often relating to her grandmother, follows until the passage’s ending. She categorizes her family by using “my” every time she mentions them. Whenever she mentions her…

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