“In History” by Jamaica Kincaid. The audience in this excerpt seeks to establish what exactly happened to his life in relation to those who resemble him. He also tries to refer to what happened to him as history. Bearing this in mind it is possible to put across that those trying to give a name to their experiences are the audience in this excerpt (Kincaid 1). This is so because of the idea that to him history could be just an idea or an open wound that opens and heals whenever he breaths in and out. Additionally, the audience is someone seeking to name his experiences mainly because, according to him, history began in 1492 and since he was absent at that time, his experiences do not appear anywhere during such times (Kincaid 3). The purpose of this essay is to define and explain the meaning of history. Ideally, the essay seeks to find out whether history could be an idea and whether history could be a collection of precise and true details or rather facts explaining happenings in one’s life (Kincaid 5). In addition, this essay is about the life of Christopher Columbus who, according to the author, happened to discover the New World. Although the author portrays his origins as quite vivid, his history commenced with his discovery of the New World in 1492. His principle was that, in order to possess knowledge of anything, one must first give those things a name. Ideas and thoughts on how to describe experiences in his life surround his life and as such, the narrator paints the essay as being a product of personal experiences. Thus, this essay is all about personal experiences (Kincaid 6-7). “Where Clouds are formed” by Ophelia Zepeda. The audience in this excerpt is a person who possibly needs something that requires him to have a birth certificate or any other official document certifying his date and place of birth. The audience explains his place of birth, not in the form of a district or province but in the form of a house, field, and appearance as well as weather of the time of his birth.
Kincaid, Jamaica. In History. Web, http://muse.jhu.edu/loginauth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/callaloo/v020/20.1kincaid.html on October 8, 2012. Pg 1-7.
Owens, Louis. Burning the shelter. Web, http://ttbook.org/sites/default/files/public/images/BurningtheShelter.pdf on October 8, 2012. Pg 211-214.
Zepeda, Ophelia. Where clouds are formed. Web, http://www.bainbridgepubliclibrary.org/pdfs/Poem%20Birth%20Witness.pdf on October 8, 2012. Pg 1-2.
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