Analysis Of The Poem ' Girl ' By Jamaica Kincaid

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Through time, things have changed for women. “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid is a short story that launched her career. 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. This short story limits to what women are able to do and what they cannot do. Often the older women seem more insulting and scolding than helpful to the younger girl. “Girl” has a variety of themes. For instance, the discouragement of female sexuality. Throughout the story it illustrates a conversation between an older woman and a young girl in which the older women makes references to the young girl supposed tendency towards promiscuity despite her young age, she informs the girl what her role is as a woman. For instance, “...on Sundays try to walk like a lady and not like the slut you are so bent on becoming” (Kincaid 229). It’s clear that sexuality is something that must be guarded. Then she highlights things like cleaning, cooking, and sewing to help define her the young girl what being a girl means. The beginning of the story the older women start off by telling the younger the proper ways to clean, cook, and construct clothes. She has one perspective on that there is only one right

way to behave for a young woman. “...to prevent yourself from looking like the slut I know you are so bent on becoming,” the young girl

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