A Small Place By Jamaica Kincaid

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In Jamaica Kincaid's novel A Small Place, the narrator employs second and first person points of view to analyze the relationship between the tourists and the natives in the modern-day Antiguan society deeply scarred by the British colonialism of the past. The island of Antigua revolves around tourism, the island's main source of economy; the Hotel Training School and the new and expensive Japanese cars that Antiguans drive exemplify the extremity to which tourism has pervaded the lives of the Antiguans. The natives of Antigua fail to see beyond their small lives (add). The tourists remain oblivious to the realities of the seemingly perfect island paradise and even indirectly take pleasure in the misfortunes of the natives. Through examining the lack of insight characterized in both perspectives of the tourists and of the natives, the text underscores the striking similarities between the modern-day…show more content…
By doing so, the text ultimately criticizes the tangible remnants of colonialism that perpetuate the system of exploitation of the natives. By demonstrating the island's inability to transcend its history of subjugation, the text emphasizes the similarity between tourism and colonialism. Towards the beginning, the narrator explains how Antiguans, who are mostly impoverished, can own expensive, Japanese cars:"... the banks are encouraged by the government to make loans available for cars, but loans for houses not so easily available" (7). This quote reveals the Antiguan government's corruption and general lack of concern for its citizens. By juxtaposing "cars" and "houses", the text emphasizes the priority that the government places on tourism—instead of trying to improve the living conditions of the Antiguans, it pressures them to partake in the tourist industry as taxi drivers. The quote also

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