Lucy Josephine Potter in Jamaica Kincaid’s “Lucy: A Novel”


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Essay #: 055135
Total text length is 7,144 characters (approximately 4.9 pages).

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Lucy Josephine Potter in Jamaica Kincaid's "Lucy: A Novel"
“My underpants were stained with a rust color. I didn’t recognize this color as blood. It frightened me just the same” (Kincaid 69).
Becoming a woman is challenging, even in ideal circumstances. Lucy Josephine Potter led a life of diverse challenges, facing difficulties that no child should be forced to experience. Despite the inherent difficulty in the assertion of her womanhood, she overcomes all of the obstacles and attains a unique integrity, an integrity forged by the fire of her own determination. This integrity allows her to finally claim the fusion of vulnerability and inner strength that is unique to woman.
Josephine Potter led an extraordinary life. From an early age, she...
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.....and wept so much that the tears fell on the page and caused all the words to become one great big blur” (Kincaid 164). Lucy has finally recognized the depth of her emotional vulnerability, and her understanding of the fact opens up the door to a future in which her ability to love will be likely. Her integrity has created the strength needed to not be cowed by any man, and at the end, she is able to recognize her emotional wellsprings, because she has cultivated the immense inner strength coupled with the emotional fluidity that makes it possible for her to draw the ‘line’ that declares her own womanhood. Importantly, she has drawn it for herself.
Works Cited
Kincaid, Jamaica. Lucy: A Novel. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002. Print.