The story “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid is narrated by a woman who lists numerous detailed instructions on how to be a “proper” woman. These instructions include things that are relevant to household duties, etiquette skills, attire, relationships, etc. They may sound like simple common tasks, however, it seems to describe more stereotypical roles of how women are perceived. Kincaid's story gives an insight to these gender roles and society’s perception of women in which readers are able to feel and understand this woman. It’s obvious why readers would assume that it’s the mother who is telling the story, since she is the one giving the orders, except the speaker is actually the daughter.
demonstrates a strong cultural and social reference where the emphasis is on women, and there identity as women. The case of Beccka, in the story takes into account women’s view and her interpretation of the world. Her personal experience is socially and theoretically constructed and emotions play an essential role in the process of identity formation. Her identity is not fixed, which is portrayed by inquisitiveness that her own mother and Aunt thought she was possessed, enhanced and made this story an enriching experience. The family is the first agent of socialization, as the story illustrates, even the most basic of human activities are learned and through socialization people
Women in Culture and Society from the Story “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid Women in society have always been judged by their actions and appearance. In the short story "Girl", the narrator focus is advising the girl to avoid wrong judgment that can damage her reputation, but also teaches her thing she should know to have a better life. Although the defining of a lady is different everywhere around the word, is safe to say that is a women that behave to society standards. Society judge a lady by the way she behaves in front other, trying to be the perfect lady. While in the Middle East a lady is a woman who is respectful to men and dresses to their culture standard; covering their hair and/or face.
Jamaica Kincaid writes “girl” A story or poem that is something like a lecture from a mother figure to a daughter figure. There is an enormous amount of ways to present the tone. The tone of “Girl” is loving, caring, but strict. Jamaica uses literary devices to achieve the tone. She uses characters, setting, plot, point of view and style to establish a tone.
Laurel Thatcher proves that Martha Ballard was an exceptional independent woman who was also constrained by the expectations put on women. Thatcher portrayed the quality of women’s lives through the life of Martha Ballard and the women around her. Martha Ballard’s family comprised of three sons and three daughters as well as her husband, Ephraim. Martha’s daughters helped her with house, garden, and yard work. Since her daughters helped her with what needed to be done, she
In Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s short story “The New England Nun” The protagonist Louisa is faced with being pressured by society to play the role of a women. Women in this particular century had a certain role in life . They were either wives or mothers who cooked and cleaned. Louisa conformed to this role even without the pressures of a family. Although many women at the time we're starting to reject house work as a way to free themselves .
This search for independence is interesting because I believe that it is something that I can relate to, even in this day and age. In The House of Mirth, Lily struggles with whether or not she should get married like all the other women that she knows, or if she should just accept the fact that she will not have a husband. Both Wharton and Chopin’s stories use similar themes and ideas in order to show that regardless of whether women were trying to find themselves or save themselves, things were different for them simply because they were females. In both The Awakening and The House of Mirth, the theme of “Freedom vs Slavery” is used to show that life was undoubtedly different for men and women. In The Awakening, the theme of freedom vs slavery is shown because throughout the novel it addresses that women are nothing without their men and that it is impossible for a woman to do anything better than a man.
It is common for people in everyday society to conform to society’s expectations while also questioning their true desires. In the novel, The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, the main protagonist Edna Pontellier is said to possess, "That outward existence which conforms, the inward life that questions." In other words, Edna outwardly conforms while questioning inwardly. Kate Chopin, uses this tension between outward conformity and inward questioning to build the meaning of the novel by examining Edna’s role as a wife, mother, and as nontraditional woman in the traditional Victorian period. Edna outwardly conforms to society’s expectations by marriage.
Though she dresses her daughter is extravagant clothing, for herself she dresses in in text about what she wears. Hester undergoes a transformation in the story, that emphasized how society had impacted her, and perhaps to have the constant reminder of truth, another theme of the story. Again, she lives the simple life of a transcendentalist who does not take more than what is necessary. Hester Prynne is a transcendentalist because she demonstrates the qualities non-conformity, self-reliance, and simplicity throughout the book. Being exiled by society, she then has the opportunity to fully come into her own.
From the publication of East of Eden to today the rights and empowerment of women have escalated exponentially. Women are no longer obligated to follow the nurturing mother ideal; they can be independent and strong. Then, in the novel, East of Eden, some believe the author oversimplifies his female characters by filing them into either traditional, caring mothers or heinous villains. However, Steinbeck utilizes their simple, one-dimensional archetypes to show how complex his female roles truly are through subtle details. Within the novel, most female characters are designated into the class of typical, loving mother types, but they are each defined separately within their cohort.