The Gap Between Fact And Fiction Jamaica Kincaid "On Seeing England For The First Time" V. S. Naipaul "Jasmine" Discussing Myths In Society

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Myths occur as popular beliefs in varying aspects of societies today; these conceivable notions create a rollercoaster of emotions for the beholder. Whether a myth is instilled in someone by society or by themselves, the reality can be devastating, and oftentimes can take away from life’s enjoyment. Jamaica Kincaid explains in her essay “On Seeing England for the First Time” the same concept that V. S. Naipaul demonstrates in “Jasmine”: There is a vast difference between myth and reality, after buying into such a powerful notion the truth can be disheartening. Kincaid’s myth is created based on societal teachings, where as Naipaul creates his own myth based on English literature; after reality reveals itself both authors express disappointment in addition Kincaid is angered and Naipaul is embarrassed.Through societal influences Kincaid grows to view England as a mythical place. At school age the children are shown how wonderful England and English people are: “This is England...the place you will go when you die but only if you have been good” (209). Kincaid grew up in Antigua which is one of the British Isles; therefore the school systems would enforce teaching British history. Through the way in which the school system, an aspect of society, taught the students about England it would appear that “England was a special jewel...and only special people got to wear it” (209). Children are generally naive and ignorant; due to Kincaid being exposed to these ideas as a child and to the absence of global education in her society there were no ideas to oppose this myth. The myth suggested that England is a pristine and ideal Country; the residents of Antigua looked up to a Country of such merit. Although it is common knowledge that one cannot grow up to be of a different nationality, English was something the people of Antigua would aspire to be. Societal pressure had Kincaid and the other children dreaming of England, “it was the source from which [they] got [their] sense of reality, [their] sense of what was meaningful...and much about [their] own lives” (209). Their sense of reality was a work of fiction, a myth, passed down through generations caused by society failing to see their native culture as reality.While Kincaid’s myth is brought upon by the ideals of society, Naipaul creates his own myth based on English literature. Naipaul created his myth because he was never fully able to understand or empathize with the characters in English literature. His inability to comprehend certain aspects of the text resulted in his decision to adapt foreign things to more familiar ones native to Trinidad. Naipaul would replace anything foreign with something familiar not only as means of better understanding the text, but also because he feels that “if [he has] never seen it... [how] could [it] have any meaning to [him]” (306). While this opinion may hold some truth it is also ignorant....

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