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.
Shugart said RAG DOLL!’”(Chua 47-48). This quote reinforces the tense tone of the excerpt because the mother was screaming. The quotes “I always tried my best to reinforce Mr. Shugart’s points” and “‘Stop it Mommy. Just stop it.’”(Chua 47-48) show the tone of caring because Chua said she tried to reinforce the points of the teacher which shows that she tried to help her daughter the way the teacher did. The daughter also called Chua “Mommy”
She has to be this way because she does not want her daughter to become a slut. Jamaica Kincaid understands writing a story in second person would put the reader in the girl figures shoes. When you are in the readers' shoes you experience the tone. I believe the story has no set beginning, middle, or end but I do believe there is a dynamic character change that is really significant. This is significant because the character with the biggest change only speaks twice and is barely represented in the story.
As a result, she gives in to her sister’s request and tells her mom, “She can have them” (321 Walker). The quilts have a different value for each daughter. In Maggie case, “it was Grandma Dee and Big Dee who taught her how to quilt”, her mother promised her the quilts after she was married, and because they were meant to be used and appreciated. Maggie hints that she thinks of the quilts as a reminder of her aunt and grandmother when she says, “I can ‘member Grandma Dee without the quilts” (321 Walker). Dee/Wangero sees the quilts as “priceless” (320 Walker).
I must think about it" (27.4). Edna fully understands that society would brand her as a terrible woman, but she does not view herself as a bad person. There is an external and internal difference that Edna hopes to one day reconcile. Chopin, instead of creating tension within Edna, created tension within the society and Edna with her newfound independence does not mind how society classifies her. Decisively, it can be concluded that the tension between outward conformity and inward questioning builds the meaning of the novel by examining Edna’s role as a wife, mother, and as nontraditional woman in the traditional Victorian period.
Can I have these quilts?’... ‘These are all pieces of dresses Grandma used to wear. She did all this stitching by hand. Imagine!’... ‘Maggie can’t appreciate these quilts!’ She said. ‘She’d probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use.’ … ‘But, they're priceless!’ ” (172). This is situational irony because the reader expects Dee not to want anything from her home because of how much she despised her home and heritage, but she ends up wanting the butter churn and hand-made quilts.
A short story called “Everyday Use” is written by Alice Walker. The main character of the short story Mama is the narrator. It consists of a mother and her two daughters experiencing a change in their normal behavior during this story. The mother had a permanent change in character by refusing to let Dee have the quilts she was asking for. The character Mama decided that she had enough of her eldest daughter Dee(Wangero) getting whatever she wanted while her youngest daughter Maggie stood by in fear.
Her word structure makes it so that the audience know this essay is about her, and that she has gone through much pain and suffering on this matter. She would constantly use words like, I, like when she states, “I am a cripple,” or “I chose this word to name me,” or “I have long grown accustomed to them.” This emphasizes that she is the main subject, and that the entire essay will be about her.
In this passage there are only two characters, and for both of them, their identity cannot be clearly defined, but throughout the passage the reader is able capture and understand with text evidence that one monologue expresses a motherly role while the other expresses a daughter role. Throughout the whole story, most of the sentences consist of demanding orders and rules from the strict “mother” towards the “daughter” in which she consistently remarks as her way of of saving her from “looking like the slut I know you are so bent on becoming” (pg 43). Many of the “mother’s” orders were set out in a very harsh tone, and although some of these were normal such as teaching her how to clean or how to cook, the mother briefly teaches her “how to bully a man” which completely goes against the mother’s moral. Overall, most of the story consists of the rules set upon the young girl by the older woman to keep her lady like and with good manners. The mother intends to give the young girl a respectable character through the aspect of following all the implemented rules.
I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts On Being A Woman is a humorous nonfiction written by Nora Ephron. Nora wrote about the things that she hates and the struggles of being a woman. As she has gotten older in time she has realized that being a woman is not that easy. Being a girl, I liked it because it is something that all women at some point in their lives will be able to relate to and it suggests that women deserve more credit for what they do. The author, Nora Ephron, starts and ends each section with the things that she does not like about being a woman.