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    The store I choose to write my Close-reading on is “ A Small Place” by Jamaica Kincaid. In the beginning of In a Small Place I had some mix feelings about it somewhere good and some bad. As the story starts it her telling use what’s happening and what she seeing for example. She describing her country by telling us how non-locals see the country as beautiful, but the locals who see it as a trashy and a bad corrupt place. I want to know why the author makes this point in the beginning? I can only think that this is to show use to open up are eyes more and look around areas and see what’s going on, because sometimes we tend to block stuff like that out. As I read this I see that the locals really don’t like the tourist and specifically seems…

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    various places all over the world, romanticizing the idea of wandering and experiencing the world without, however, taking a moment to think about the people in the places they may visit. It can be easy for those who live in big, important countries to be blind to issues happening in the smaller countries they visit, and how that can impact the people who live there. In A Small Place, Jamaica Kincaid uses a bitter, accusatory tone, directly addressing the reader as she puts them in the position…

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    As a result of this impending departure, the narrator exploits any time spent on transportation, such as aeroplanes and cars, in order to highlight cultural and political issues that would otherwise remain unseen (Kincaid 6-7). However, these small windows that force the reader to view the monstrosities of the city, also separates them from the poverty and secondary living situations of their chauffeurs, as each pane of glass provides them with a sense of comfort and normality. This conscious…

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    Monica Korb [Delete John Smith and put your name here] COM 101—Spring 2015 A Small Place Essay Jamaica Kincaid’s memoir, A Small Place, offers an instructive example for understanding how a reality can differ greatly between people relative to their point of observation. Kincaid explains her experience of Antigua as both a “paradise” and a “prison.” It is because of this dual reality that Kincaid expresses a conflicted sense of life. She also mentions how one’s landscape is a reflection of…

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    Jamaica Kincaid

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    literature, widely praised for her works of short fiction stories, novels, and essays in which she shows reality, expectations of society and problems between mother and daughter relationship. Based on her exceptional work as a writer, Kincaid has earned a reputable place in the literary world for her highly personal, stylistic, and honest writings. Her literature shows her personality by reflecting how she think, concern and describe herself in the way that her character growth up in the short…

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    Jamaica Kincaid

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    In Jamaica Kincaid's introductory paragraph she explores what her reality would be like as a tourist in her home country. As she describes this to the reader (who is the audience) she shows how terrible the tourist can be to the island and how different and unwanted the tourist often is. In this piece, the author expresses a critical tone towards tourists through the use of imagery, parallel sentence structure, and the connotation of her words. In the opening paragraph of this essay, the…

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    In Jamaica Kincaid’s 1990 novel, her writing created the story of a woman beginning a new phase of her life. The narrator struggles between her sense of self versus the new environment. “I was no longer in a tropical zone and I felt cold inside and out…” (lines 44-45) the narrator shows the obvious signs of fear to the unknown and a sense of homesickness magnifying her struggles to the reader. She was lost and unhappy in her new environment. She appears to be closed off and unwilling to take in…

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    A Small Place Analysis

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    In “A Small Place”, by Jamaica Kincaid published in 1988, she explains the meaning behind what the real Antigua should be; How it has been taken over by foreigners and completely changed in ways she never thought possible. Kincaid wants the reader to understand what the native’s outlook is on this matter when people who don’t belong, come to their country. She wants you, the reader, to see the island of Antigua in an Antiguan’s perspective. Throughout the book, Kincaid presents a passionate and…

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    Jamaica Kincaid is the writer and narrator of the book A Small Place. Kincaid was able to give the audience a tour to her native Island Antigua. Kincaid wrote the book as a second person where she gets the audience involved in her storytelling. At the beginning of the reading Kincaid addressed tourists. “An ugly thing that is when you become a tourist, empty thing a stupid thing.”(17). It is important because tourists do not pay attention to the native people, corrupted government or the…

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    Tourism is a method of escapism in which the tourist uses another’s culture and land for their own pleasure. In Jamaica Kinkaid’s A Small Place the tourist is a symbol of colonialism that is admonished and criticized for their “part” in perpetuating colonial institutions and for remaining purposefully ignorant in order to not “ruin [their] holiday.” Using euphemistic language, a narrowing scope, dichotomies between the real and unreal, and you-- the allegorical tourist, Jamaica Kinkaid creates a…

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