Also within the domestic sphere, the mother advises her daughter on how to maintain a relationship with a man. 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. Thus, the way that a child is brought up is considered traditional. For example, in talking about singing benna in Sunday school, the mother keeps saying that the girl should not sing benna in Sunday school, without even considering the probability that her daughter actually does not sing benna in Sunday school. In her native Antigua, the government issued an informal ban on Kincaid, restricting her visits to the island from 1985 to 1992.
I didn't know anything, except maybe how to put one foot in front of the other. What did her mother mean by accusing her of this that the narrator feel she had to defend herself? It concludes abruptly with a rhetorical question from the mother wondering if her daughter didn't understand how to behave based on everything she was told. This could indicate that divorce is an accepted practice in the more modern society that Jamaica Kincaid wrote Girl in. Shortly after leaving her job in Scarsdale, Kincaid found work for an Upper East Side family in New York City. The girl hears her mother's instructions and the behavior her mother is trying to instill in her. While most reviewers concede that all of Kincaid's works, despite at times her harsh tone, are complex and stylistically unique, with My Garden Book , Kincaid seemed to have expressed similarly profound observations in a more gentle, even humorous tone.
Flies are seen as bottom feeders, dirty and irritating and when flies are surrounding an animal it is seen as filthy. She is not allowed to have an opinion on how she should do things. And I would try to take a picture of what I had written down. The girl learns that a woman must be careful not to show too much of her body and not to talk to the wrong kinds of boys. Written in 1978, Kincaid details in her short narrative, Girl, issues that the protagonist or Kincaid experiences as she and her mother's values clash against each other.
I couldn't help but write these books. If anything the mother is dictating a set of rules to her daughter all of which must be adhered to and the daughter appears to be accepting of these rules. Moreover, the mother does not ask about whether or not the girl still plays marbles by swatting like a boy. From this short sentence the reader can assume that something that has changed culturally. This supports her idea that her daughter will become promiscuous and not respectable. She wants her daughter to learn how to cook these native dishes as a way of passing down her legacy. The reader can accept that what has been going on culturally is in reference to Britain.
Many elements of literature demonstrate this in the story. Which is a religion, that is African in origin and based in witch craft. What other ways do we see the mother try and protect her daughters sexuality? Nation, June 15, 1985; February 18, 1991; February 5, 1996; November 3, 1997. Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography Supplement: Modern Writers, 1900-1998, Gale, 1998. It is written by Antiguan author Jamaica Kincaid as one long sentence with each piece of advice separated by semi-colons. Fragrant and Thorny As a child, Kincaid had been surrounded by plants on Antigua, and her interest in gardening developed steadily throughout her adult life.
Strength that was learned through experience, not instruction. Kincaid's love for books was so fierce that she stole some from the library and hid them under her family's porch. A tradition which may or may not be beneficial to the daughter. Or any other underlining reasons we see for the instruction her mother is giving? 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. My mother taught me the importance of discipline throughout my whole me right from wrong and telling me to do chores and teaching me how to do things on my own since I was now becoming a young adult. If anything she has no freedom.
Self-Exile in the United States In 1966, shortly after turning 17, Kincaid was sent to the United States to work as an au pair for an affluent family in Scarsdale, New York. Christian Science Monitor, January 17, 1996. But I think this is instead challenging the girl's strength as a person. Kincaid's biological father, Roderick Potter, was never involved in her upbringing. I didn't know there was such a world as the literary world.
Subscribe to The Sitting Bee. The story is mostly told in the second person. This shows how demanding the mother is and also that she has very high expectations from her daughter. From each line, you see the viewpoint of how her mother sees the world, what is proper in her eyes and her expectations for her daughter. Many critiques link this theme to the autobiography of Kincaid, but her unhealthy relationship with her mother is totally contradictory to speaker's over-caring and desperate mother.
Which may leave many readers to believe that the mother is condoning or accepting that there is an inequality between the sexes. I think it is fair for my mother to say, 'This is not me. The… 1204 Words 5 Pages An Analysis of Character Representation in Girl Throughout history women have been an oppressed group of individuals and therefore have had to find ways to satisfy society. Like other pieces written by Jamaica Kincaid, this book is also based on her personal experiences. Kincaid's careful structuring allow readers to easily pick up on the commanding tone of the story. Lesson Summary 'Girl' is a prose poem about a mother providing life advice and instruction to her daughter.
As a result, the reader is left to wonder what the girl thinks. Toronto Star, May 27, 2002. This is not the case with the daughter. However, most still commend Kincaid's storytelling abilities. Learning how to sweep is another aspect of maintaining the integrity of interior and exterior domestic spaces.