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Unformatted text preview: Jacob Zipperstein If I could Write This in Fire Michelle Cliff confidently embraces her many identities in order to portray her transatlantic journey from Jamaica to England. Her personality (shaped from her identities) is developed through her experiences with both colonialism and repression, being a light-skinned Creole, a lesbian, and an immigrant in both the United States and England. Cliff elaborates on class and color tensions through the use of her, dark-skinned, childhood friend, Zoe. Cliff brilliantly uses Zoe as a way to enlighten the audience oh how she and her friend were required to live opposite lives, forced to follow the path of their skin color. Cliff, being a light-skinned Creole, was able to pursue an education in England, while Zoe winds up getting married and finds herself in a domestic violence situation, with which she has no way out of. All of this is cleverly foreshadowed when Cliff illustrates the impossibility of any uncensored relationship between a red and a...
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