The novel starts off with Anna describing her life as a performance and a curtain falling and being born again. Her stating “being born again” enforces her life starting all over again since she moved from the Caribbean to London. She was upset due to that fact that she had to start her life again in a country where she disliked and described it as “cold”. The curtains gave her a head start to continue her life again but she first needed to adapt to London’s culture. According the article, “White Women’s Sin or Patterns of Choice and Consequence in the Two Ending of “Voyage in the Dark”’ Hanna states “the curtain has Anna in two sides, Anna’s two places and several cultures have come together along with her fragmented identity and the medium she exists in (Earth? Air? Water? Text?) (155) Implicates that Anna is between two different cultures that she has to decide which one she wants to adapt to. But it’s obviously of which culture she has to adapt but Anna is in doubt if she can take all the pressure. The curtain is a motivation that she has tried her best in adapting herself in British culture. She has to prove to herself that she exists and where exactly she belongs.
Hanna, Mary. “White Women’s Sins or Patterns of Choice and Consequence in the Two Endings of ‘Voyage in the Dark.’” Journal of West Indian Literature, vol. 15, no. 1/2, 2006, pp. 132–163. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/23019850.
Rhys, Jean, and Carole Angier. Voyage in the Dark. Penguin Books, 2007.