Girl Jamaica Kincaid Analysis

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In the Story Girl, by Jamaica Kincaid; a common theme is the coming of age, as well what the ideal women is. The reason I say that is throughout the text the protagonist mother informs her daughter of the risks involved in becoming a slut.
Even though the daughter is not an adolescence yet, the mother worries that her current behavior would transcend her into becoming a slut. The mother believes that a woman’s reputation is everything; therefore she should try anything and everything to protect her daughter’s reputation. Nevertheless, women should do everything in her power to be as innocent and pure as possible. There is an old saying that some women do “act the whore on Saturday and play the Virgin on Sunday.” Her mother does not want her to end up this way either, she teaches her how ideal women should act. Since this essay was written in the 1940’s women were a publicaly shame if they went against the norm of being a proper lady. She teaches her daughter the proper way to walk, smile, behave, and how to communicate with others. The mother’s constant emphasis on you’re either a lady or a slut makes the daughter feel overwhelmed throughout the passage because she does not understand what she is doing wrong.
Like most mothers during this time period, the mother believes that domestic knowledge will empower her daughter in her pursuit to finding a husband as well as make her a respected member of society. In her eyes there are only two types of women: ideal women, and “sluts.” This makes her mother work hard because she doesn't want her daughter to tarnish her reputation. Household work is known to make a woman more desirable since man wanted to feel as they were in charge. In other words, a submissive wife is a good wife. The mother teaches her daughter, how to cook pumpkin fritters, sweep, grow okra, buy bread etc. She believes this work will prevent her daughter from becoming sexually active.
The mother starts out by saying “Wash the white clothes on Monday and put them on the stone heap; washed the colors on Tuesday's and put them on the clothesline to dry; don't walk bare head in the hot sun; cook pumpkin fritters in very hot sweet oil; soak your little cloths right after taking them off; when buying a

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