Study Guide

A Small Place Chapter 4

By Jamaica Kincaid

Chapter 4

  • Antigua is such a beautiful place that it looks like a "stage set for a play" (4.1). This immense, unchanging beauty is what causes so many people to come to its shores.
  • This unchanging nature has a strange effect on native Antiguans, though, since they have nothing to compare this wondrous place to, and no way of understanding its context in the rest of the world.
  • Although the slaves who were brought to the island are now free, they're now faced with a new challenge: to live free as "human beings" (4.2).

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