Every individual person has their own way of finding comfort in difficult situations. From finding comfort in simple things like eating a cupcake to harmful and unhealthy ways like self-harm. As readers read through Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy, they witness the cruelty and pain Lucy goes through as she gets treated for her cancer and how it drastically changes her appearance and affects her whole life. When Lucy was young, before she was diagnosed with cancer, her comfort was being an excellent tomboy because she was a terrible athlete but a good gamer for casual and daring games. However, that all changed when her treatment for cancer started. Ever since then, Lucy’s life became full of pain, and she withstood that pain by taking comfort in certain things.
The mother-daughter relationship is a common topic throughout many of Jamaica Kincaid's novels. It is particularly prominent in Annie John, Lucy, and Autobiography of my Mother. This essay however will explore the mother-daughter relationship in Lucy. Lucy tells the story of a young woman who escapes a West Indian island to North America to work as an au pair for Mariah and Lewis, a young couple, and their four girls. As in her other books—especially Annie John—Kincaid uses the mother-daughter relationship as a means to expose some of her underlying themes.
Jamaica Kincaid’s success as a writer was not easily attained as she endured struggles of having to often sleep on the floor of her apartment because she could not afford to buy a bed. She described herself as being a struggling writer, who did not know how to write, but sheer determination and a fortunate encounter with the editor of The New Yorker, William Shawn who set the epitome for her writing success. Ms. Kincaid was a West-Indian American writer who was the first writer and the first individual from her island of Antigua to achieve this goal. Her genre of work includes novelists, essayist, and a gardener. Her writing style has been described as having dreamlike repetition, emotional truth
Bildungsromane follow the journey of individuals who often seek both their self- and national identities. The story of Lucy revolves around the “intersections of colonialism, racism, sexism, and heterosexism” (Lima 130) in contexts that limit her individuality. In order to stop her her present that is defined by the violent history of her ancestors from becoming her future, Lucy migrates from her motherland, only to discover herself in a situation where she must contend with internal struggle, exploring “complexities and contradictions” (Lima 129) which are the result of the life she is born into. In her novel Lucy, Kincaid adeptly chooses the Caribbean as Lucy’s motherland—a place with a “history of foreign domination, slavery, imperialism, and neocolonialism”—to juxtapose the “revolt, resistance and struggle” (Lima 129) embodied by Lucy. Mariah serves as a provocative reminder of the very past that triggered Lucy to leave her mother and Antigua, through embodying colonialism as a mother figure. The eponymous protagonist’s futile attempt to elude the reigns of Mariah is a reflection of the inevitable intergenerational damage of not only gender oppression in a patriarchal society, but also colonial violence on a marginalized person like Lucy.
Finally, in a heated, tearful, and heart-warming debate, Mr. Emerson (George’s father) gives Lucy the last ounce of strength that she needs to complete her transformation from a petty young woman to a subtle heroine. Mr. Emerson sees right through her false excuses for breaking off with Cecil and forces her to realize her genuine feelings of love for George. Lucy succumbs to her passion and overcomes the confining condition of her social class. She tells her family and friends of her love for George Emerson, refusing to hold on to her “distinguished and proper'; behavior, giving into her true desire, and transforming from a petty young woman to a subtle heroine.
The chapter, From Rosie to Lucy, by James West Davidson and Mark Hamilton Lytle, is about how the feminine mystique changed drastically from the era of WWII to the era of the baby boom. The shift was attributed to men’s influence on the women through fashion trends, magazines, and TV shows. The main purpose of the chapter is to show that the propaganda through TV and society affected individuals, and more specifically the feminine mystique.
The painting hanging on her wall are more than just a reflection of the past. The paintings symbolize her inability to recognize Lucy’s pain. The relationship between the two girls is limited by an invisible social constraint. Lois has an idealized perception of Lucy’s. She holds Lucy in such high regard, that she is unable to recognize lLucy’s pain. This was a crippling social construct between the two friends. Lucy enjoyed bragging about her life and she loved the attention from Lois. The paintings are a reminder of Lois’s inability to accept the weakness of Lucy, or the idea that she could need her
She states “Being different was my cross to bear, but being aware of it was my compensation. When I was younger, before I’d gotten sick, I’d wanted to be special, to be different. Did this the make me t he creator of my own situation” (pg101)? It is her appearance, not her illness that changes her view of herself. Her entire identity becomes her face, and she tells herself over and over, when my face is fixed, I’ll start living. She found happiness and acceptance through her love of horses, working at a stable and spending time with the animals and the people there, who treated her like anybody else. But throughout adolescence and into young adulthood Lucy pinned her hopes on each new surgery as the one that would fix her face and make her beautiful and thus worthy of love.
At first, Lucy felt unsympathetic because she saw a breast more hidden than a face. Lucy eventually realizes the woman's suffering and says, "Her feelings of ugliness consumed her as much as mine consumed me but there was no doubt she was beautiful. Her problems lay in her perception". At 10, she began to mature emotionally at a rate uncommon to children facing a catastrophic loss. She tells of receiving solace and understanding more from a seriously ill asthmatic boy from a troubled family than from her own family. The years of cruel school taunting and reconstructive surgeries finally took their toll. Brilliantly explaining the pain of being rejected by her classmates and the secret desire to feel special, Lucy openly captures the pain and heartache of a girl growing up wanting nothing more than for others, as well as her self, to get past her physical flaws and love her for who she is on the inside. Other patients who suffered similarly by disfigurement and handicaps play a more prominent role in Lucy's experiences. From them she gathered the courage and strength that made it possible for her to survive. Lucy wonders early on "how do we go about turning into the people we are meant to be?" For years, the answer didn't come to her because of what she saw, or what she didn't see
With all her suffering, Lucy was awakened to all the glories of living to which we remain unaware of so much of the time. Lucy also exhibits a sensible, mature understanding of her father. She realizes he left her alone during her terrifying and traumatizing treatments with a completely heartless and hateful physician only because of his own inability to deal with and accept the type of pain his own daughter was experiencing. Through these extraordinary events, the family, overwhelmed by shock and shame, abandoned Lucy emotionally.
In the colonial American time period during the seventeenth century there were many important sources that have come up missing. Some are just missing and others destroyed. The modern- day historians have the task of trying to find this lost information to determine the facts about
After that Lucy and her mom got into an argument about Lucy losing her pair of socks and Lucy gets tired of everyday arguments with her mom on little things. She stays with Kaylie for a day. The next morning she wanted to say sorry to her mom but she found her mom covered with a pile of newspaper she died. Lucy stopped right before she was about to call 911 she thought if everyone saw the dirty house what will they think about her and her life. So she thought that I will clean the house very hard so there is not spot left dirty and she will have to keep the house freeze for her mum’s dead body. Lucy remembered when last time her mum got into an accident and had to go to the hospital for days and her aunt came over and Lucy and jean her aunt thought that maybe Lucy’s mum will be happy to see their house clean so they both cleaned it and when Lucy’s mum came home she freaked out and it only took her six months to destroy the house for forever and never cleaned it and plus she kicked aunt jean out too. Some chapters tell a little more details about Lucy’s mum. Lucy remembered that on Christmas Eve her mother gave her 7 wallets that were on sale and she felt like her mom
In Lucy, Jamaica Kincaid explores the disillusionment faced by the eponymous character upon immigrating to the United States. The novel's style of narration allows Lucy’s thoughts and emotions to remain hidden. Despite this intense privacy, Lucy's disillusionment is clear. She had hoped that moving around the globe would solve her problems but she still struggles with homesickness and her relationship with her mother. Her move is disappointing. The erasure poem And Coldest also engages disillusionment. The poem suggests the speaker has become disillusioned by observing the world, and indicates their plan to be “shut tight.” The poem inspired me to consider the causes of Lucy’s disillusionment, and her failure to address her own emotions. As a recent immigrant, the causes of Lucy’s disillusionment are somewhat obvious. More enigmatic is her self-avoidant, “shut tight” attitude. In this paper, I argue that Lucy’s disillusionment causes her to avoid the discomfort that comes with self-reflection.