Lucy By Jamaica Kincaid Analysis

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Vanessa Navarro Period: 5 Lucy 2007: In many works of literature, past events can affect, positively or negatively, the present activities, attitudes, or values of a character. Choose a novel or play in which a character must contend with some aspect of the past, either personal or societal. Then write an essay in which you show how the character’s relationship to the past contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole. Early childhood memories are the spark from where children start to form beliefs on their perspectives on the world. In the novel Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid, Lucy's history with her mother and her past in her homeland has a huge impact on life when she moves from the Caribbeans to North America in both positive and negative ways. Lucy's mother affects her behavior and molds her personality while her thoughts on her life back at home make her feel homesick…show more content…
Although Lucy dreamt of fleeing her home ever since she could remember, considering she didn't have the strongest and most positive bond with her mother, she was often filled with homesickness which she attempted to to shake off various times. When Lucy finally got the freedom she wanted, she still wasn't satisfied because her past kept coming back up and dragging her down. The book is filled with constant back flashes of Lucy reminiscing her past, where she often found herself thinking about her mother. Lucy's mom, Annie, always discouraged Lucy's educational and career dreams as well as her ambition to make grand achievements. Lucy loved her mom but her mom constantly neglected her when her brother came to their life. Lucy is thought to be a bitter character because she was unable to love anyone, she didn't want to love anyone like she loved her mother which rejected and left

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