The Caribbean History

1095 Words Feb 24th, 2018 4 Pages
Walcott has mentioned in many essays and interviews how important it is for the artist to not become disillusioned and bitter about history. Rather, artists should make use of these fragments of European, African, and native Arawak/Amerindian, to reinvent and create a voice that entails all of those influences.
Walcott redefines and reinvents the literary epic in Omeros and Rhys challenges the ignored narrative of Bertha/Antoinette in Wide Sargasso Sea. In Omeros, I propose on demonstrating how Walcott uses Helen as a symbol of the St. Lucia and how her struggle represents the struggle of the island. I will investigate the images of the victimized Helen of Troy in contrast with this Antillean Helen who, rather than a victim, is the seducer of the men, and resists the domination of the men and the effects of colonialism. This gives Helen a tremendous amount of power. She represents the beauty and desire through which the men of St. Lucia define themselves. I will zoom in on how Walcott uses Helen through her resistance of the influences of New World and the tourism to show how the natives still try to hold on to their traditions and strive to create their own identities in an environment that is constantly causing the natives to reinvent themselves to suit the colonizers and tourists. Walcott uses Ma Kilman as the mother healer who heals the “wounds” of…
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