and manifest itself in the future. In the novel Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid, the author explores the idea of characterization through the means of relationships both past and present. The protagonist of the story Lucy, illustrates throughout the entire novel of the shaky dynamic between both her father and her mother. It is in these crumbling bonds that Lucy’s true characterization is revealed. The reader is able to perceive an all encompassed view of Lucy through the means of multiple characters. Through
Jamaica Kincaid was born Elaine Potter Richardson on May 25, 1949, on the British-ruled Caribbean island of Antigua. She changed her name to Jamaica Kincaid in 1973 because her family did not approve her writing career ….. Some saw that, at an early age, she was going to be very intelligent but Kincaid received very little encouragement from those around her. Kincaid was raised by her mother, who was a homemaker, and her step-father, who was a carpenter. She attended a public like school system.
people would not be able to achieve such voyage. Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid tells of a story of nineteen-year-old Lucy leaving her British ruled Caribbean for the great American dream. Lucy arrives in America to work as an au pair for a wealthy family. She dreams of something different; something better for her future and she believes America is the place that would help her in achieving her goals. Lucy is most definitely an immigration story. Lucy leaves her homeland to travel to America and learn
an adolescent to an adult. “Lucy” by Jamaica Kincaid and “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D Salinger are both books that feature the theme of coming of age. The protagonists of the novels, Holden and Lucy, experience some unfamiliar encounters and changes in their life which subsequently leads them to “grow up”. Due to the differences of their family background, character and experiences, Lucy matures to a greater extent compared to Holden. The family background of Lucy and Holden plays a large role
Salinger, and Lucy, by Jamaica Kincaid, are two examples of bildungsromans, but just as two lives are never the same these two books are far from the same story. The main characters, Holden and Lucy respectively, are very different people and this leads to two very different struggles to discover their identities. Catcher in the Rye and Lucy are both coming of age novels in which both characters experience rapid change, but their childhood experiences and relationships with
The metamorphosis from Elaine Potter Richardson to Jamaica Kincaid does not signify a mere change in the name but a deep anguish that forced her to protest and to create an identity for her own self. Kincaid, through her female protagonists, not only portrays herself in her novels, she also violently evokes the protest against the colonist conformity developed through British colonization. Her adversities have failed to trap her into a compromise and complacency. This chapter deals with how the