Home, a place where I was born and where I grew up, always bring upon great memories throughout my stay as an international student in the United States. Home, is also a place that I love with all my heart and soul. Well, everybody loves their home, their very own home. I love my home, people from Texas love Texas, and even the author of A Small Place, Ms. Jamaica Kincaid loves her home, Antigua.
According to her book, A Small Place, Antigua is a small island, a ten-by-twelve-mile island, but is nevertheless a beautiful place where tourists visit at a frequent basis, for the beaches and the beautiful climate. However, the white sands and the sunshine are not the only image she wants to depict in the book.
Corruptness and colonialism aftermath, along with many other problems have faced the people of Antigua. After Antigua was freed from the British, the local government has failed to propel Antigua into prosperity, and instead, has made Antigua a worse place than what it was when it was ruled by the British. Corruption is now everywhere in Antigua. "Some ministers in government have opened their own businesses; the main customer for these businesses is the government itself; the government then declares that only that company can be licensed to import the commodity that the business sells; great effort goes into concealing who the owners of these businesses are Â, Jamaica Kincaid said in her book. Banks are encouraged to give loan for cars simply because some ministers of the government own the car dealership. Meat known to be contaminated by radiation is allowed to be distributed in Antigua. Besides, people in the government are paid, for allowing the operation of gambling casinos. Prostitution and drug dealing are also carried out openly in Antigua by people who are close to the prime minister.
How did Antigua get to such a state? To answer that question, Kincaid points to the colonization of Antigua by the Brit... Continue Reading