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of a hill only to watch to roll back down again. This is reminiscent of the Jamaican identity, a tenacious attempt to repress white conformity. Despite the persistent attempts, literal and figurative lashes and downfalls, we prevail. In the Jamaican individuality we have an exquisite arrogance, an unwavering sense of pride after conquering subservience, as well as conformity to foreign ideals. Our personality can be evident anywhere, but not duplicated. Where you see a poster depicting a series of flags, Jamaica is there. When you go anywhere in the Caribbean and hear the dialects, Jamaica is there. No matter what country you visit, when you turn on the radio, at one point or another, some deep-rooted Jamaican tune resonates through the speakers. We are there. In the beautiful idiosyncrasies of our people’s individuality, instead of muting the evidence of the paradoxical entities crying out, striving, fighting for their own place, for their own personality. We have melded them into what I know is the quintessential equilibrium of distinctive ideals, thus forming one ironically harmonious identity. Moreover, the Jamaican identity is more than the mere melting pot of cultures; it is the unflinching embodiment of a well-refined character that repressed the abusive hands of imperialism, without neglecting the need to adopt and adapt throughout history, despite facing ominous circumstances. Works Cited Cabrera, Enriqueta. “Derek Walcott: The Voice of the Caribbean, Saint Lucia’s Favorite Son Discusses the Emerging Identity in Literature and Prose Unique to the Islands.” Americas 1 Mar. 2007. The Free Library. Web. 14 Mar. 2014. Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin, White Masks. Trans. Charles Lam Markmann. New York: Grove, 1967. Patterson, Orlando. The Children of Sisyphus. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1965. Print. Udofia, Julia. “Vision in Orlando Patterson’s The Children of Sisyphus.” The British Journal of Arts and Social Sciences 3.1 (2011): 79- 84. Print. ELF 2015 (Vol. 6) 19


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