Girl by Jamaica Kincaid

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In the short story “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid, the mother is protecting her daughter through her parenting style in many ways. The mother in the story only wants whats best for her daughter and is teaching her daughter from life experiences. Others might argue that this is a verbally abusive relationship, but the mother is really looking out in the best interest of her daughter. “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid, is a story in which the daughter describes all the rules her mom used to discipline her daughter in a way that would prepare her for life. Many may argue that the way Jamaica’s mother spoke to her was “verbally abusive” but in reality her mother was showing her how to prepare for the world and everything in it. For example, one quote from the short story on line #35-38 when the mother says “this is how to bully a man; this is how a man bullies you; this is how to love a man; and if this doesn't work there are other ways, and if they don’t work don’t feel to bad about giving up.” This quote is important because the mother is teaching her daughter from personal experience, and you can tell from what she says that she has had a bad experience with men. The mother has obviously been through a relationship where she was “bullied” by a man and is teaching her daughter from that mistake because she doesn’t want her to go through the same situation. She tells her daughter “this is how to bully a man” so she’s basically saying this is how to not let a man walk all over you. Jamaica’s mom is only being a mother by teaching her daughter right from wrong and preparing her for life and the people in it. Another piece of evidence would be on line #39 when Jamaica’s mother says “this is how to make ends meet.” Although this quote may seem simple to some, the quote has a very heavy message behind it. This quote basically shows that the mother had to go through experiences in

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