Analysis of Girl

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September 16, 2013 Angela Williams English 96 Ms. J. Berger Analysis of “Girl” All throughout a girl’s life, before reaching womanhood, girls are given advice on how to present themselves. This advice helps to shape the mind, thoughts, and personality of a woman. It may also even help determine a woman’s role in society. Jamaica Kincaid’s story “Girl” is about a mother delivering al long series of instructions and warnings to her daughter. She gives her instructions on how to speak, act, cook, clean, and how to carry herself as a lady. The way that the daughter is spoken to is not in a gentle manner filled with love. The mother speaks down to her child telling her such things as, “this is how to behave in the presence of men who don’t know you very well, and this way they won’t recognize immediately the slut I have warned you against becoming” (Kincaid 44). This statement can lead to the belief that perhaps the girl within this story had done something that her mother had considered very slutty and she wasn’t going to let her daughter get away with thinking it was acceptable behavior. It can be assumed that this daughter probably just started her monthly period, from the line towards the beginning to “soak her little clothes right after she takes them off” (Kincaid 43). This kind of event is representative of a little girl becoming a woman. This makes the speech of the mother make a little more sense. She is explaining to her daughter all the things she will need to know as a woman. The unfortunate part for the girl is that she will have to grow up so quickly. No more playing with dolls, or playing jump-rope or picking flowers. In an instant she has earned increased responsibility because of a natural act of Mother Nature. This poem defines a woman by how she manages all the household chores that she is expected to carry out. This is evidenced

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