The mother worries that her current behavior will lead to a life of misfortunes and setbacks if she doesn't change. Another symbol example is the importance on clothing. Let's take a closer look! The mother also assumes the daughter wants to become a 'slut,' even though there is no proof or reason given for why she thinks this. Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website! As far back as bible times women and their daughters were taught to submit to the head of the family for the rest of their lives. A beautiful short story that explores the fundamental theme of gender inequality through the clever employment of a structural form that 'breaks' and makes the 'narrative rules'. I would then use this short story as a mentor text for students, asking them to make a list of all the things that are expected of them because of their gender. 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.
Kincaid is from Antigua, and most of her work contains stories of Antiguan life as a colony of Great Britain and as an independent nation dealing with the aftermath of colonial rule. For instance, the mother tells the girl that she should not walk bareheaded if the sun is up, and that the girl should walk like a lady on Sundays. The mother worries that her current behavior will lead to a life of misfortunes and setbacks if she doesn't change. Women have at times needed to follow particular guidelines in order to maintain standing in society. Did you clean your room? You rarely hear the daughter's voice since she only speaks up two or three times. She is deeply dissatisfied with both of them, as she finds that the society she has left behind was characterised by bigotry, while North America can only offer opulent ignorance and is permeated by racism. The mother is only teaching what she's known, she is not trying to limit her daughter, only teach her the rules of society.
Her constant fear of her daughter becoming a slut is stemming from what the mother now views as proper behavior. When not followed accordingly, women often times too many face reprimanding through means of verbal abuse, physical abuse, or social exile. Not once in this short story does Kincaid use the words mother or daughter, instead she uses subtle hints to inquire that this is so. The mother also prescribes information about the things that the girl should not do. Certain styles that come in to fashion today for a daughter may have been completely unacceptable for their mothers when they were growing up. Trow, who eventually helped her publish in the magazine. This is illustrated in the entire story, which presents very little of the perspective or thoughts of the girl.
First, let's examine sexual reputation in this poem. However, the basic idea is about the same. The mother figure focuses on two main categories in her guidance, social manners and domesticity. Pay attention to how each is strung to the next. The mother's constant emphasis on this text shows how much she wants her daughter to realize the life she is living in and to act in a way that will win her respect from the community. 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.
Not once in this short story does Kincaid use the words mother or daughter, instead she uses subtle hints to inquire that this is so. She is demanding her daughter does these things as she dictates. Mothers of any time period disapprove of something that their daughters are or are not doing all the time. B Source: New Yorker Podcast Read by Edwidge Danticat Such a short story; an instruction manual of sorts really from mother to daughter, and one which says volumes about what we say to our girls, how we say it, and in turn what society expects of them! As a result, the reader is left to wonder what the girl thinks. It was saddening, frustrating, enraging, and at the end. It can be taken as advice to all the daughters setting out into the world as young women.
Only two voices, and it takes us a while to figure out that they are mother and daughter. But the main point she seems to want to stress, is behavior. We live under so much pressure, being so carefully to not do some things that may make us look not like a 'lady', because a lady does not talk when she is not asked, a lady has to have the food cooked f For years, women are told how to behave and how to face life and his situations. It's a lot to live up to. Some of the mother's orders uncovers her as a racist person.
A powerful, page-long story about a mother dictating a list of instructions to her daughter, ranging from how to iron her father's khaki pants to how to attain an abortion. I believe that most conversations between mothers and daughters is probably a little less abrasive and the content is more modern. We discuss all kinds of women's issues last names, education, etc. This story is an incredible chant showing the way we condition someone to be second-class. Clothing is used cover your body, when you are covered you are seen as respectable in her community. It's short, only about a page, but it's so powerful you won't mind.
If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it. Then you know what it's like. These statements show that the mother believes that there are some things that females cannot or should not do. In the short story the Mother tries to show her daughter, there are limitations of being a woman. It is hard to determine from the dialogue anything other then the fact that the mother has placed intense demands on her daughter, but that she does not feel that the daughter will become anything more than a slut. Cooking is something the mother puts value on. By 1967, the island had become self-governing, but it did not achieve independence within the British Commonwealth until 1981.
I studied this short story in my Creative Writing class today and I was truly fascinated by its unconventional form. Each rule belongs to the culture norms and gender roles of their Antiguan culture. Certain styles that come in to fashion today for a daughter may have been completely unacceptable for their mothers when they were growing up. Another symbol example is the importance on clothing. On the surface Girl is a verbal instruction manual from a mother to a daughter on the necessary ways and skills with which to be a woman. Throughout the story, the mother stresses to her daughter, how to groom, wash, sew, cook, and iron. A paragraph full of rules of how women should behave, showing how women are meant to perform all domestic shores and avoid looking like a slut.
The girl represents Kincaid in her youth. The things that she must do as a way of preparing her future obligations and responsibilities in the society that at the time was ruled by men. The story provides a warning to the reader regarding the dangers of being overbearing on children. The mother hopes to help her daughter become a capable, wise woman. There is the superficial layer that acts as a cultural symbol in her use of her native dishes in the text. That this is an Antiguan story creates one layer of meaning here, but it's also a universal story about the future of any girl in any society: will I be limited to a certain kind of life or can there be more? I highly recommend this story, and I look forward to more of Kincaid's work. You don't have to be a girl to know what is saying.