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Self Identification and Sel Empowerment at Kincaid's Autobiography of my Mother

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Jamaica Kincaid's Autobiography of the Mom is the story of Xuela Claudette Richardson, the son of a Carib Indian mom and half Scot-half African dad, set in postcolonial Dominica. Narrated by a 70 year-old Xuela reflecting back on her life, the novel touches upon themes of maternal loss, paternal abandonment and rejection during culture, and the way they influence her search for self investigation with a loveless existence. My goal in this essay is to describe just how Xuela's search for identity is interlinked with her quest for power in a post colonial setting, this ability being of a private nature instead of a political or social one. My arguments include the impact of lack of her mom, effects of post colonialism, her endeavor to create a third identity in a colonial island, her relationship with her father, her willingness to novelty as a way of liberation and empowerment, her incapability of adoring and also a fear of abandonment, and finally, her preoccupation with Departure. The story starts with the statement "My mother died the moment I was born, and so for my whole life there was nothing standing between life and myself; in my spine there was always a bleak, black breeze" (Kincaid 3). Xuela's mom, herself an orphan, dies during childbirth, leaving her a motherless kid with no hyperlink to her ancestral heritage. Her father, seeing her as a burden, even abandons her by leaving her in care of his laundress, a sour victim of post colonialism, who is not able to treat others kindly, including her own kids. The reduction in her mom has a deep effect on Xuela and is the fundamental fixation of her own life, which she repeatedly states throughout the novel. She defines her existence with the loss of her mom and consequently,...

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