What Is The Theme Of Girl By Jamaica Kincaid Essay

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Olivia Blanda
English 101
Professor Grace Hughes
24 October 2017
A “Girl” and her Mother There are several responsibilities a girl should learn about before going off on her own and it is usually the mother’s job to teach their daughter these life lessons. In the prose poem “Girl,” by Jamaica Kincaid, a mother writes out a “guide” her daughter must follow in order to succeed in her adult years. This poem that the mother has written for her daughter is better seen as a “guide” to adulthood due to her use of an extremely long run-on sentence and choice of diction. The run-on sentence consists of a list of commands like “this is how you sweep a corner; this is how you sweep a whole house; this is how you sweep a yard" (22-24). Not only does the run-on sentence depict that this is a guide, but so does the constant repetition of “this is how” and “don’t …show more content…

These three dishes are not just ordinary dishes you eat on a regular day, these dishes are dishes you eat on tradition. The mother passing down these traditions to her daughter shows that she loves her and wants her to follow these traditions too. The mother also tells her daughter, “this is how you grow okra—far from the house, because okra tree harbors red ants” (20). Not only is she passing on the tradition of how to grow “okra,” but she is also giving her daughter advice on how to stay away from red ants because she wants her daughter to be safe. When the mother says things like, “is it true that you sing benna in Sunday school?…don't sing benna in Sunday school,” (8-11) she is only trying to pass down culture. Because the mother tells her daughter not to sing benna in Sunday school, it is perceived that it is of the mother’s culture to not sing benna in Sunday school, so she does not want her daughter to fall out of

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