The mother thinks the daughter has already set herself up for a life of promiscuity. The mother even goes to the extreme of instructing her daughter on “how to make medicine to throw away a child before it even becomes a child.” This is a clear concoction to remedy an unwanted pregnancy. The mother probably herself had experienced a promiscuous lifestyle and once used this exact abortion recipe; thus wanting to let her daughter know that this is what can happen when you take to the bed with men. She also reminds her to stay away from “wharf -rats boys or even give them directions.”
By this phrase, her mother is implying that other people’s opinions matter more than her own; she has to act a certain way and do certain things to be socially accepted. The mother is telling her what to do and what kind of woman she needs to be, instead of leaving that decision up to her. By implying that her daughter’s reputation is important, she contradicts herself. Towards the end of the piece, Kincaid’s mother states, “…don’t throw stones at blackbirds, because it might not be a blackbird at all…” (Kincaid, 5). This phrase means one cannot believe everything they hear because it may not even be true.
Aiman Khalid Karen Quirarte ENGWR 301 Essay #1 Motherhood Gamble My mother sat me down and caressed my hand; I knew something was on her mind. She began by saying, “Being a mother is hard as it is, but being a widowed mother is an even harder task.” Her tone led me to believe that she was trying to confide in me about her role as a mother in my life. She went on to explain the circumstances and hardships she endured as a singular parent. In a way, she was subconsciously letting me know that her every move to raise me wasn’t necessarily ideal, which she later learned from experience. I understood her concern but I never sought her “errors” to stigmatize her as a bad mother, considering she didn’t have a handbook of guidelines on being
Although and possibly because Jamaica Kincaid came from Antigua and is an immigrant voice, she appears to support the theory that a woman’s place is in the home. There are many different beliefs on the proper behavior of a woman; in this poem the author condones a feminist lifestyle for women.
In the poem, “Dusting,” by Julia Alvarez, the speaker is being rebellious against her mother and wants to do different things than what her mother wants her to do. In the first stanza, the poet writes that the speaker writes her name many times on dusty furniture “each morning” while the mother followed her to dust the furniture and the mess by the girl. This is an example of the speaker rebelling her mother since this is a metaphor meaning that the girl wants to accomplish different things than her mother but her mother keeps on erasing her accomplishments and wants the girl to be just like her. Another evidence in the poem is at the end of stanza two, where the speaker says “But I refuse with every mark to be like her, anonymous.” This phrase
Jose Goncalves Professor Karen Oden English 1301 Jamaica Kincaid “Girl” Kincaid wrote a fictional story about a mother who was teaching her daughter how to properly act in modern and formal society. From the type of clothes Jamaica mentioned on her essay, it can be told that it portrays the life of an old-fashioned society where a nice lady have to act or behave in a certain way. In the first two sentences, Kincaid says, “Wash the white clothes on Monday and put them on the stone heap; wash the color clothes on Tuesday and put them on the clothesline to dry;” (Kincaid 895). Using these words, it basically says how women should treat and wash their clothes. With this essay Kincaid shows how a parent back in the days use to perform his rule
In her article, “The Undercurrent”, Kellie Young recalls tales of her childhood and growing up with her worrisome mother and reflects on how this personal background ultimately influenced her own thoughts and actions. From surfing in the early morning, to public restrooms, to leaving home for M.I.T, Young expresses her mother’s incessant and often irrational worries about every possible thing that could go wrong. After examining her past, Young recognizes that her mother’s voice followed her even when she wasn’t around, and unconsciously Young’s voice and her mother’s began to mesh together. As she matures, Young becomes cognizant that her mother’s nagging is not oppressive or confining, but rather a safeguard meant to pull her in from danger
In “Everyday Use,” two sisters portray their views on heritage and what they consider it to be. One sister defines heritage through everyday usage while the other prefers to display it. By the end of the story, Ms. Johnson is confronted with a challenging decision in regards to which one of her daughters should rightfully obtain the family quilts. Alice Walker stresses the importance of mother-daughter relationships through the three main characters (finish thesis). Despite the fact they were raised in the same background, Maggie and Dee are extremely different from each other, in various ways.
When I read the poem “Girl,” I felt as if the mother was represented as an unpleasant figure. The fact that the poem was written all in one sentence and had many amounts of commas told me that the girl was constantly told what to do one command after the other. These commands were told in a way that wouldn’t let the girl think of anything otherwise, the voice of the mother has now replaced the voice in the girl’s head, which meant that when she would make a decision her mother 's voice is the one that she will be referred to. However, on the positive aspect, it seems as if the mother was trying to raise a well-rounded child to grow into a respected woman. I see what she’s doing as tough love, a mother who makes sure that she is strict with her child.
“Recitatif” by Toni Morrison shows that one’s race can put a strain on one’s friendship. In “Recitatif” , the narrator Twyla talks about her past. It is important that she is narrating the story because she thinks back at her time at St. Bony’s, an orphanage she and her friend Roberta had to stay at. She remembers when she first met Roberta and remembers how her mother would not like her being in the same room as her. Twyla refers to herself and Roberta as ‘salt and pepper’, telling the reader that they are both different races.
Harwood suggests that the role of motherhood forces one to give up their passion and careers. In the poem, 'Suburban Sonnet ', Harwood uses the pseudonym of Miriam Stone to explore the loss of identity that a mother can experience. The use of personal pronouns not only shows the loss of identity of this women, but also Harwood suggests that this is universal and is affecting many other women. The women 'who played for Rubinstein ' shows that this poem is more than a personal lament, but rather a comment on society that in order to become a mother, you must sacrifice your passion and career. The use of unpleasant imagery 'children chatter, then scream and fight ' highlights the burn and 'annoyance ' of the children.
When I first read the “girl” I think this is a mother to daughter advice. They live in a poor social life. “Wash the white clothes on Monday and put them on the stone heap.” (Kincaid) The theme of the story is to remind the daughter not to become a slut. The narrator goes beyond by reminding how to keep the practical skills for a successful woman. The mother reminds her how to behave socially such as walking with proper posture.
She parades her daughter to her guests and then sends her off showing her disregard for her child. Daisy’s life “revolves around Daisy” and her daughters significance is limited to promoting her mother’s self obsessed image. (Cliff 's Notes). Daisy 's daughter is crucial in symbolizing her inadequacy as a mother as well as furthering the notion that she is undeserving of Gatsby’s affection. Furthermore, her daughter is paramount in displaying the disregard that Daisy has for the emotions and feelings of others which evidently alludes to her