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Blackness by Jamaica Kincaid

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Anastacia Granado

on 14 November 2012

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The story of a woman discovering her self in the midst of "blackness"

Through the help of her daughter, the narrator becomes self aware and essentially "saved" Anastacia Granado
Danika Linares
Patrick Buschow Blackness by Jamaica Kincaid Born Elaine Potter in St. John's, Antigua
Neglected by her mother at a young age
Sent to become an au pair in the U.S. at the age of 17
Living in the U.S. she was completely alone, and felt the need to change herself
Changed her name to Jamaica Kincaid
Discovered by the Editor of the New Yorker, she became a writer
Received her own column, "Talk of the Town"
Eventually married the Editor's son
Now lives in Vermont About the Author Summary Some of her style of writing was called "Alter-biographical", this means that she would change some of the events in her own life story
Her first short stories were At the Bottom of the River, won the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters
Annie John, was a coming-of-age story and for its treatment of indigenous Caribbean culture
N A Small Place, which chronicled Kincaid's outrage at the devastation of postcolonial Antigua Other Stories Table of Contents Title
Table of contents
Other Stories
Key Terms
Themes Key Terms Blackness: More or less it's the atmosphere of the story. (p. 471)
Pitiless: Def: Feeling or showing no pity; merciless. This refers to the story because when she mentions her daughter and what she does to the hunchback boy. The author uses it as contradiction with how her daughter is.
Unmarred: Free from physical or moral spots or stains. Jamaica Kincaid use unmarred to describe her daughter. (p.472&473) Cont. Solace: Comfort or consolation in a time of distress or sadness.
Alluvium: A deposit of sand, mud, etc. formed by flowing water. In a sense of you analyze the sentence it originates in the story from, it kind of explains her feelings.
Rapture: Ecstatic joy or delight. (Theology) The experience, anticipated by some fundamental Christians, of meeting Christ midway in the air upon his return to earth. Analysis "I see my child arise slowly from her bed. I see her cross the room and stand in front of the mirror. She looks closely at her straight, unmarred body. Her skin is without color, and when passing through a small beam of light, she is made transparent. Her eyes are ruby, revolving orbs, and they burn like coals caught suddenly in a gust of wind. This is my child! When her jaws were too weak, I first chewed her food, then fed it to her in small mouthfuls. This is my child! I must carry a cool liquid in my flattened breasts to quench her parched throat. This is my child sitting in the shade, her head thrown back in rapture, prolonging some moment of joy I have created for her" (Kincaid p. 473). Cont. "My child is pitiless to the hunchback boy; her mouth twists open in a cruel smile, her teeth becoming pointed and sparkling, the roof of her mouth bony and ridged, her young hands suddenly withered and gnarled as she reaches out to caress his hump. Squirming away from her forceful, heated gaze, he seeks shelter in a grove of trees, but her arms, which she can command to grow to incredible lengths, seek him out and tug at the long silk-like hairs that lie flattened on his back. She calls his name softly and the sound of her voice shatters his eardrum. Deaf, he can go no longer heed warnings of danger and his sense of direction is destroyed. Still, my child has built for him a dwelling hut on the edge of a steep cliff so that she may watch him day after day flatten himself against a fate of which he knows and yet cannot truly know until the moment it consumes him" (Kincaid p.473). Themes First glance theme: just a sad story about a mother describing her depressed/bad child
Underlying Theme: No matter how dark you may think your life may be, there are always people to help you fond the light. Works Cited Baldwin, Dean R., and Patrick J. Quinn. "Blakckness by Jamaica Kincaid." An Anthology of Colonial and Poscolonial Short Fiction. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2007.n. pag 471. Print. "Jamaica Kincaid." BBC. BBcC World Service, n.d. Web. 13 Nov 2012 "Jamaica Kincaid." :Voices From the Gaps: University of Minnesota. University of Minnesota, 17 June 2009. Web. 13. Nov. 2012
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