Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid

Does Lucy believe that “Your past is the person you no longer are, the situations you have you are no longer in (137)”, or is it forever part of your DNA? Throughout the book, Lucy is endlessly struggling to find a new beginning, be someone else, to be free from childhood memories, and her ancestral history, and most of all her mother. “I had come to feel that my mother’s love for me was designed solely to make me into an echo of her, and I didn’t know why, but I felt that I would rather be dead, then become just an echo of someone (36).

” The story of Lucy is written by Jamaica Kincaid, who was born in St. John’s Antigua. She grew up in poverty with her mother, three brothers, and a step-father. Kincaid was neglected by her mother through her childhood.

At age 17 her mother sent her to Scarsdale to work as an au pair. Kincaid never sent money home or ever responded to her mother’s letters.Lucy is a story about a nine-teen-year-old girl who leaves her homeland in the Caribbean to work as an au pair for a wealthy family. To Lucy, they appear to be perfect and incredibly charmed.Lucy, having been traumatized by her old community, the people she left behind, and now the chaotic life in the city, which she is unaccustomed to, has challenged her to find her identity. As a result, Lucy becomes resentful, judgmental and angry, and she falls short of finding who she is and goes down a very rough and dark path.

Who does Lucy love and who loves her? Lucy believes her anxiety and hostility originated from her community and family life. Lucy’s thoughts and memories are vivid and real about, and the people she left behind, and so desperately wanted to escape. In the chapter, “Poor Visitor”, Lucy’s shows her true feelings about where she is from. “I wondered if ever in my whole life a day would go by when these people I had left behind, my family, would not appear to me in one way or another” (Kinkaid 8).Lucy conti..

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