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In “A Small Place” by Jamaica Kincaid, Kincaid criticizes tourists for being heartless and ignorant to the problems that the people of Antigua had and the sacrifices that had to be made to make Antigua a tremendous tourist/vacation spot. While Kincaid makes a strong argument, her argument suggests that she doesn't realize what tourism is for the tourists. In other words, tourism is an escape for those who are going on vacation and the tourists are well within their rights to be “ignorant”, especially because no one is telling them what is wrong with Antigua.
The biggest aspect of Kincaid's argument that makes it flawed is her anger. That is not to say that there aren't times where anger is justified. At the same time, the harsh language that Kincaid uses to discuss tourists is only based on her perspective. In other words, when Kincaid calls the tourists “ugly” because of how they treat a vacation, it makes Kincaid seem like she is placing blame on the tourists for not being proactive in making sure that the workers in the tourism sector are not better appreciated. Another quote that indicates a lack of consideration for the tourists was “they (the natives) envy your (the tourists) ability to turn their own banality and boredom into a source of pleasure for yourself” (pg 18-19). The words “banality” and “boredom” indicate that Kincaid believes that the tourists’ lives are based on the rare time that they can go to another place to escape the monotony of their lives. Kincaid’s belief is flawed because it does not consider the fact that people are going on vacation in Antigua, because they heard that it is a tremendous place to go on vacation. More to the point, the language that Kincaid uses shows an unjustified anger at people w...


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...est anything about the lives of people that she has only observed.
Kincaid makes strong arguments against tourism and tourist, especially those that vacation in Antigua. The problem with her argument (despite the fact that she acknowledges that tourists are only a small part of the problem in comparison to things like the government’s attitude) is that it puts a responsibility on tourists that they are not inclined to consider. It is not the job of the tourists to save Antigua, in fact (as harsh as it may sound), it is not even a responsibility of a tourist to consider the internal issues within a land they choose to visit. With that in mind, creating an Antigua that is truly beautiful and a place where the natives are treated well is not only primarily a responsibility of the natives and government; it is only the responsibility of the natives and the government.



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