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A Journey Of Cultural And Spiritual Significance

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Good friends we have, Oh, good friends we have lost, Along the way. In this great future, you can't forget your past, so dry your tears I say…..No women No cry.” That’s a reggae song from the most well-known reggae singer, Bob Marley, mentioned in Alice Walker narrative essay called “Journey to Nine Miles”. Walker is an African-American writer who tells about her journey to the Jamaican gravesite of the reggae legend Bob Marley. Walker praised Marley of being true loving soul of Jamaica, for having political shrewdness, spiritual power and sexual wildness. The place is called Nine Miles because it was nine miles far from any village in the area. Nine Miles was the most tranquil and isolated place in the world according to Walker. Walker grasps why Marley wanted to be brought back to his home village he wanted to rest and also he was buried there for a good reason as it becomes a great tourist site which brought money to the village people. Walker journey was fulfilling although she saw that Jamaica is a poor country while much of the world thinks that it’s not that even in the poverty a person can see the beauty of the country and the love that surrounds her. Walker is successful at conveying her message about Jamaica and Bob Marley in her essay through the mood by the images and illustrations, through the technique of journey motif on how she describes her journey and herself as writer and through the tone she uses in her essay.
The images and descriptions Walker gives are a good example of a depressing mood of Jamaica as she tells about the harsh sights of poverty and the ruined land she saw of Jamaica and her people. Walker starts her essay in the day she went to visit Nine Miles. She jumps then to the farther past when she tells about how reggae music is being suppressed in the U.S. because it is a political and spiritual music. She had to listen to local singers like B.B. King and the Beatles and unfortunately to music like Disco, which she really did not like. Walker tells about the time she wrote the screenplay of the movie "The Color Purple” and how she was so busy that she didn’t have the time to take care of her daughter, she has been like two parents for her and what’s made her to be transfixed was the beauty of the soul in Bob Marley’s songs. Walker tells about the sights she saw when she first visited Jamaica in 1984. She saw a ruined land with people searching for food in the garbage. Walker also saw some terrible things like, “13-year-old boy offer his 11-year-old sister to a large hirsute American white man along with some Jamaican pot” (69). That’s a good example for something relentless she had never seen before and was shocked by it as she tries to do to the readers. Walker also wants to introduce to the readers the horrid reality she saw at the beginning of her journey and how her stance changed at the end. Walker describes how the children in the village in Nine miles asked her for money because they simply don’t have any....

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