Autobiography post 1

December 8th, 2010

A Small Place

Posted by Tricia Zephyr in Uncategorized

I really enjoyed A Small Placeby Jamaica Kincaid. She really allows readers to experience what it is like to be from an island, that is somewhat exoticized.  The quote that spoke to me the most was when Kincaid writes, ” We thought these people were so ill mannered and we were so surprised by this, for they were far away from their home, and we believed that the farther away you were from your home the better you should behave. ( This is because if your bad behaviour gets you in trouble you have your family not too far off to defend you.) We thought they were un-Christian-like…” I found this quote interesting because it was like the one who was colonized looking at the colonizer ( The English).  I found “we thought they were un-christian-like: to be powerful because the English were the ones who imposed Christianity upon Antigua, and for her to basically say, you are acted like the people you want us to be eas meaningful. A Small Place really allows us to see what it is like to be a native in a very “touristy” location, and what it is like to feel the effects and backlash of colonization.

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