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    their arguments to the fact that De la Renta should not have to adhere to North Atlantic Universals—Jamaica Kincaid shows that this line is sometimes unclear. As Kincaid writes, “Not long after The Earthquake Antigua got its independence from Britain, making Antigua a state in its own right, and Antiguans mark the day, they go to church and thank God, a British God, for this” (9). The effects of colonialism remain alive and well in Antigua and in the Caribbean as a whole. By taking the time to look like the more privileged, De la Renta is indulging the “British God[s]” (Kincaid 9). Kincaid is a large proponent of being close to her Antiguan roots and against the imposition of the British, but the Caribbean is still marked by the influences of the colonizers. These traditions such as praying to a British God or wearing a tie reflect the colonial influences that continue to have a hold on the region. Kincaid continues to blur these lines as she writes about the library the colonizers built, “But if you saw the old library, situated as it was, in a big, old wooden building painted a shade of yellow that is beautiful to people like me…if you could see all of that in just one glimpse, you would see why my heart would break at the dung heap that now passes for a library in Antigua” (43). The line that seems so simple in Trouillot and Hall’s pieces, has been blurred as Kincaid’s view is more subjective and wrought with emotion, rather than academic writing. She enjoys the library…

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    influence of others is not living life in joy. In "On Seeing England for the First Time" by Jamaica Kincaid she uses metaphor and repetition in order to convey her oppressed and bitter attitude toward England. Kincaid uses metaphors throughout the passage to show her oppressed attitude towards England. Since Kincaid was a child she has been introduced to the map of England, the European country that took control of their small Caribbean island of Antigua. For her first time looking at England,…

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    Jamaica Kincaid was originally Elaine Potter Richardson, an islander from Antigua. While living in Antigua, she received a British education and performed at the top of her class. She was the first of four children. Her relationship with her mother tumbled downhill once she began to birth her three sons. At age 16 she left Antigua, became an au pair, and went on to pursue her writing career while in college. Her family rejected her writing. It was then that she changed her name to Jamaica…

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    lashing at the tourists that come from Europe and North America for their stay in Antigua. In the book she implies how the tourists are blinded by Antigua’s beauty and paradise that they don’t realize the flaws that lie beneath it all. Kincaid reveals her bitterness towards them and how she believes in that many of these tourists take their lives and the privilege to release their stress in Antigua. Her anger also resembles a bit of envy of the tourists for their freedom to do as they please in…

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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…

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    Inspired by her childhood in destitute, colonial Antigua, Jamaica Kincaid wrote Girl as a means to write about the culture she grew up in. As a means to detail, if not subtly derail, the society’s demonization of female sexuality and “liberation” through domestic skills, the author employs at points crude diction, a run on syntax, and submissive characterization. The prattling syntax begins promptly in this selection and continues throughout largely as a means of smothering to indoctrinate…

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    limits our comprehension of history . Yet, Kincaid does attempt to empathize with Columbus’s perspective as he named the island of Antigua: “Here is something I have never seen before, I especially like it because it has no precedent, but it is frightening because it has no precedent, and so to make it less frightening I will frame it in the thing I know; I know a church, I know the name of the church, even if I do not like or know the people connected to this church, it is more…

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    to family. Also, Edwidge includes themes such as coming of age, the burden of inheritance, as well as relationship between mother and daughter. Similar to Edwidge Danticat, author Jamaica Kincaid, a known Caribbean author expresses how she felt in many of her stories. Jamaica Kincaid was born in St. John’s, Antigua. Jamaica Kincaid used her childhood memories and emotions in many of her writings. Jamaica Kincaid had more experience with a mother than Edwidge Danticat. However, Kincaid used…

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    Jamaica Kincaid is a novelist who was born in St. Johns, Antigua, in 1949. Her original name was Elaine Potter Richardson. The reason for her name change was because her family did not like the career path she chose for herself, so she no longer wanted ties with her family. She is known for writing stories that relate to the Caribbean culture. After moving to the United States at 17, she began writing for the New Yorker. One of her first pieces of fiction that she wrote was the short story,…

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    Jamaica Kincaid, the author of the short story “Girl,” was raised on the island of Antigua. During the time in which she was raised, Antigua was influenced by the British government. Because of the British control, Kincaid was raised in a culture immersed in the ideals of oppression and slavery. Being an African American woman in Antigua during the rule of the British government influenced how she wrote later in life. She eventually moved to America and landed a job as a writer for The New…

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