Opinions towards Imperialism in Antigua in the Novel, A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid
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In the novel, A Small Place, Jamaica Kincaid expresses her opinion towards imperialism in Antigua, which has change the way how Antiguan people live. She then talks about issues of tourism and corruption, and how everything to the readers is “your fault” as she described. Kincaid also reveals the native’s view on tourism. The book is written in second person, explaining her opinion, and the reader is spoken to directly in the book. To make more sense of this, the reader is like a tourist whose visiting Antigua. The book starts outs having the readers introduced to Antigua for its sight and beauty, but as the book progresses, Kincaid shows the readers how Antigua really is. The whole setting of Antigua seemed to have gone unrepaired, living conditions are very poor, and places such as schools that are mentioned to be unrecognizable. Kincaid also creates feeling of shame and misfortune for the Antiguan people and blames the tourists, yet the tourist doesn't really seem to care for the moment. Native inhabitants have different opinions of tourist. Most see them as friendly patrons, but others such as Jamaica Kincaid, may see them as ignorant or cold hearted people who just don't understand. Her novel is considered to be anti-imperialist because the way she explains the issues of tourism and corruption, two of the themes which became dominant after British colonization.
In every country, tourism has always been a way to earn money. Tourist just cannot resist into visiting these