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Through her book, A Small Place, Jamaica Kincaid forcefully purveys the evils of imperialism, the neocolonial institution

of tourism, and the lasting depravity impressed upon Antigua as an indirect result of transculturation through the British. Kincaid shames the British for their wrongdoings and injustices. She claims that they profited as much as they could from their ownership of the island, and then left it behind with little or no infrastructure (education, hospitals, etc.). Frankly, I agree with this opinion. After also watching Life and Debt, which gave a more detailed overview of the economic miseries of a nation put in a similar situation, it is clear that it is not anyones job to resurrect the economies of nations ransacked by imperialism, but it is certainly Britains responsibility to do so. Britain could easily afford to buy a substantial amount of Antiguan bonds to significantly stimulate the country. However, Kincaid expresses how Antiguas former colonizers have even made them wary of capitalism, for they were once capital. Clearly, the only way to escape their current predicament is by embracing a free market economy, however the Antiguans have been unable to implement this because of their corrupt government. The governments tendency towards exploitation has made it such that extortion whenever possible is the norm. Kincaid suggests that the concept of governments working for themselves rather than for their people is something the Antiguans learned from their colonizers, who obviously employed this ideology. Kincaid depicts the Antiguans as immured by their past. They cannot ameliorate their economy, and they cant create infrastructure in their nation. The primary source of GDP is tourism. Kincaid disdains the institution of tourism. She depicts tourism as an evil establishment, but it cannot be eradicated. Kincaid viciously attacks the concept of a white tourist. She sees tourists as ignorant and she views the way they take advantage of other peoples misfortune as iniquitous. However, Kincaid recognizes that there is no escape for the Antiguans from this dependency, and therefore she seemingly pities her people and her country. As discussed in class, they are severely wounded. However, for all of their efforts, there is essentially no recourse that they can take which could: create an honest government, generate enough revenue to create a valid infrastructure, and develop market opportunities through which they could eliminate their dependence on tourism. All in all, Kincaids anger and frustration is justified. Her motherland and its citizenry are helpless to redeem their distressed nation, born from a disastrous past.