Girl By Jamaica Kincaid Analysis

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Since almost the beginning of time, women have a played a much more different role in society than men. They would stay home, clean, cook, and take care of the children while the man in the family would go out and work. While the situation for women has somewhat changed in today’s society, not too long ago, females’ lives were extremely limited with not many opportunities in life. Jamaica Kincaid’s short story “Girl” consists of a mother constantly berating her daughter, teaching her how to act and do certain things that she will be expected to know. Although the title’s brevity may be misleading, “Girl” is a very powerful and meaningful story in that it addresses multiple big issues in society, mainly showing how life as a young lady in the 1900s was very constricting. “Girl” is a short story with no plot that expresses the struggles and expectations that young women had to live up to, maybe even nowadays. Throughout the text, the words “this is how” are repeated multiple times to emphasize how Kincaid had to know how to do many chores if she was to be seen as a “lady”. The phrase “like a lady” also shows how society in the 60s seemed to have its own definition of how a young woman should act, and pressuring them to fit into that description. In the text, the mother also tells her daughter, “On Sundays try to walk like a lady and not like the slut you are so bent on becoming” and “this is how you to behave in the presence of men who don’t know you very well, and this way

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