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Jamaica Kincaids novel Lucy is a first-person narrative of a young woman coming to America from Antigua and does not latch onto anything in its path Lucy herself absorbs only small details of her new home never trying to take in the place as a whole not looking beyond what is in front of her and truly tries to forget her past Her first day in America she reacts only to a few new experiences ie her first elevator ride and food from the refrigerator She was taken out of school and forced to come to America to work and help support her family Her life here in America is filled with explorations especially in friendships and sexual encounters however her past and the life she left behind in Antigua haunts her The constant letters which remain unopened that she receives from her mother is a constant reminder of what she left behind upon her arrival here in the states Lucy was very depressed when she was forced to come to America because she wanted to continue her education in the University in order to become a teacher and have power I believe that her ambition for power dealt with the way she felt about the political rule of the English over Antigua She wanted to break free and become a leader in a sense a leader in disguise She explains that these educated women had authority and could just sort of push everyone around and these wonderful people who could run the world in a snap The reader can get a sense of the kind of person Kincaid wanted to be which was a leader One who could be a black female teacher with a sense of authority and power was not common because black meant powerless Jamaica Kincaid was born Elaine Potter Richardson in 1949 in the island of Antigua At seventeen she was sent to Westchester New York to work as an
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