Analysis Of Jamaica Kincaid's A Small Place

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Frederick Lenz said, “Some people like a harsh teacher. They feel like the demands make them learn more quickly. Some like a gentle teacher because they feel that makes them learn more quickly,” but what exactly makes a harsh teacher? How can they effectively communicate ideas through being blunt and harsh? Is it reflected in many of their readings? While examining A Small Place, written by Jamaica Kincaid, the chosen writing techniques mixed with Kincaid’s raw emotions creates a wide range of reactions in her readers. This leads to inform them about Kincaid’s topic. The author uses her writing style to colorfully bring organization to her writing and still maximizes emotions in her readers, to Kincaid’s advantage. Kincaid’s writing style is anything but anything but conventional. It is more abstract and…show more content…
Kincaid's explains the reasoning behind her writing style when she addresses another one of her writings, “I didn’t like the way young white Americans wrote - a deadpan way… They don’t really write, they just mention things.” (Metzger 1167) Now, the “young white Americans,” as she puts it, find this statement very ironic. They think she’s the one mentioning things. Kincaid doesn’t seem to have any formal structure in her writing. Still, she is able to create her own unique structure by focusing into the drama of her writing. We can see this level of thought she puts into her writing when she talks about, “Every horrible thing that a horsefly could do was known by heart to my mother, and in her innocence, she thought the doctor shared the same crazy obsession - germs.” (Kincaid 29) Kincaid tries to honor her mother by saying “innocence” instead of ‘stupidity’ or ‘naivety.’ She is very kind and compassionate to
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