A Small Place Analysis

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Jamaica Kincaid’s novel A Small Place is a fictional novel about her life growing up on an island that has been imperialised by the British. Jamaica Kincaid shows acrimony to the colonization of her country, towards the corrupt government that has stunted the growth of her country, towards the white people that took Antigua in their hands and molded it into something embryonic. The dictionary defines third world as “the underdeveloped nations of the world, especially those with widespread poverty,” with this description, Antigua will be classified as a third world country after achieving their independence from the British. A Small Place reveals that post-colonial Antigua is still pinned by a form of slavery through the nation's poor economy, government corruption, and the impoverished Antiguans. The poor economy and corrupt government are hand in hand to help create the impoverished Antiguans. The corrupt government of Antigua restricts their citizens ability to buy specific goods, like cars, in order to benefit the people working in the government, “banks are encouraged by the government to make loans available for cars, but loans for houses not so easily available; and if you ask again why, you will be told that the two main car dealerships in Antigua are owned in part or outright by ministers in government” (Kincaid 7). The government forces the banks to make it easier for the purchase of cars that are partly owned by the ministers of the Antiguan government so they
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