The world of the women is not comprised solely of setting the table for tea or determining which day to wash the white clothes or the colored clothes; there is a darker side to their lives. This story is an incredible chant showing the way we condition someone to be second-class. The conversation is laced with insults and fears. And then her mom remarried. Her father was a cabinet maker and her mother was a political activist Britannica. Listen to the significance of each. The mother is only teaching what she's known, she is not trying to limit her daughter, only teach her the rules of society.
Also within the domestic sphere, the mother advises her daughter on how to maintain a relationship with a man. A story of an older woman who provides an endless list of rules or advice, using the discouragement of female sexuality and showing how it defines what it means to be a woman and shapes the way women are expected to behave to a young girl. In 1979 She married Allen Shawn, the son of William Shawn Garner. This has not always been the case. I would relate this to how gender and the roles associated with gender can greatly define one's identity.
Jamaica Kincaid does just that in her short story, Girl. Its the worst thing that can happen to you in your life,You get adapted to some kind of place and when you just feel comfortable. Throughout the story, the mother stresses to her daughter, how to groom, wash, sew, cook, and iron. Dress how I want you to. Also, the Carib Indian population had been eliminated. If we read the text from a Marxist perspective, we feel how the mother tries to market her daughter as a product. Superficially, it's simply a single sentence: a mother's guidance, a long series of instructions, suggestions, directions, household hints and tips the daughter gets in only two short responses.
The sentences are very choppy, and very commanding. In this regard, the mother is overbearing on her daughter. Maybe there was something about benna that was affiliated with being a slut in her mothers head. To bid our time before Girl with a Pearl Earring Though I've only had about a week or two of solid class, I'm in love with my Women in Lit course. By the age of sixteen, she left her home in St.
I joined your site to learn something about your country. Because you'd expect the words said to the girl to come from someone who despises her but the tone at the end was one of love. It can be argued that this situation recreates in the daughter the kind of discrimination against females that the mother has experienced, probably in her younger years. Moreover, the mother does not ask about whether or not the girl still plays marbles by swatting like a boy. In this regard, the story focuses on the significance of familial relationships in shaping individual behavior. Due to its ambiguity, it fails to speak to me as the first story did. She is stuck in her old ways and is unwilling to change her weltanschaang.
The layers of advice and commands spoken in one long, unending breath create a smothering sense of duty and even oppression that stifles real, two-way communication. Domestic customs are very important, and believed to create respectable women. While the setting of the story is not expressly stated by the author in the narrative, the reader is able to understand the culture for which Girl was written. It also reinforces that her daughter should not become a slut or she will be not be a functioning member of society. The reader gets the impression that the advice that the mother gives her daughter has been passed down from many generations of women. Analyzing… 1117 Words 5 Pages works as parents pass down the values and standards that have been upheld throughout numerous generations. This last line is very expressive and a clever way to end the story.
As a result, the reader is left to wonder what the girl thinks. I would then use this short story as a mentor text for students, asking them t This short story is a long, run-on sentence dialogue between a mother and daughter of what is expected from the daughter since she is a girl. But the main point she seems to want to stress, is behavior. The thing about Girl is that, you'd really be caught in between the story. This means the receiver is someone who would have some amount of social class and not necessarily destitute lower class. Summary A prose poem reads like prose, but it follows the rules of conventional poetry. For years, women are told how to behave and how to face life and his situations.
The speed Kincaid gives the mother voice changes the tone to something more urgent. Some of the mother's orders uncovers her as a racist person. You don't have to be a girl to know what is saying. Kincaid also wrote in a way that made each time reading it, a new thing to infer or attach to as a reader. The way it was written, you could clearly imagine as if you were the one being talked to.