What Meets Th Eye by Daniel Akst

1817 Words8 Pages
ADITI MAJITHIA ID-0903145 “Girl” 1. The mother of a preadolescent daughter sees herself as the only person who can save her daughter from living a life of disrespect and promiscuity. She imparts advice to her daughter to both help her and admonish her at the same time. She admonishes her and uses words of wisdom but often repeats herself, especially to warn her daughter against becoming a “slut”. The mother dispenses much practical and helpful advice that will help her daughter keep a house of her own someday. She tells her how to do household chores such as laundry, sewing, ironing, cooking, setting the table, sweeping and washing. She also tells her daughter how to do other things she’ll need to know about, including how to make herbal medicines and catch a fish. These words of wisdom suggest that they reside in a rural setting, where passing on such advice is indispensible for daily living. She teaches her social etiquettes and decorum. Alongside practical advice, the mother also instructs her daughter on how to live a fulfilling life. She offers sympathy, such as when she talks about the relationships her daughter will one day have with men, warning that men and women sometimes “bully” each other. Often, however, the mother’s advice seems caustic and castigating, out of fear that her daughter is already well on her way to becoming a “slut”. She tells the girl, for instance, not to squat while playing marbles, not to sing any Antiguan folksongs in Sunday school, and to always walk like a lady. 2. The daughter speaks only twice in the story because the daughter narrates “Girl” as if recalling the memory of her mother from a distant future place. “Girl” is the compilation of advice the daughter remembers her mother

More about What Meets Th Eye by Daniel Akst

Open Document