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.
If she shows kindness to the women who wants to abort their children, the fetus would have to be killed. She would be showing cruelty to the unborn child. However, if she shows kindness to the unborn child by not letting the woman abort the child, she would be showing crudity to them by ruining their lives. The audience discovers that no matter the choice, whether they did or didn’t abort the child, there will always be
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.
Desperate girls who would leave unwanted newborns in the trash. It had become so common that it wasn’t even deemed newsworthy anymore- it had become just a part of life. Funny, but the Bill of Life was supposed to protect the sanctity of life. Instead it just made life cheap. Thank goodness for the Stroking Initiative, that wonderful law that allows girls like her a far better alternative.” This shows that since they were no longer allowed to have abortions- because a war was fought over reproductive rights- they could just leave babies on doorsteps to get rid of them.
The mother will make a inane decision and decide to keep the child without thinking about the reality of the situation. If the woman does not have the support of her family, no proper education and a minimum wage job it will be hard to raise the baby. Judy Ditton has a blog on Cafe Mom she explains why she choose adoption for her child and the result of it. She was just 17 when she gave birth to her son and she already decided to give the baby up for adoption. After the baby was cleaned the nurse brought him in the room so Judy could breastfeed him.
Girl: Summary and Analysis “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid, eloquently draws readers into an interaction between a mother teaching her daughter about the ways of a domestic wife and not a slut. The mother gives her a list of rules and tells her to follow these particular rules or she will be deemed a slut. There is an exorbitant amount of rules about laundry, cooking, and behaviors, ranging from what days it is proper to do laundry to “this is how to spit up in the air if you feel like it, and this is how to move quick so that it doesn’t fall on you” (Kincaid). During the entire dialogue the mother repeatedly tells the girl that her behavior is that of a slut. The girl only says two sentences.
Granny agrees and deception takes place. She was deceiving her own granddaughter Red about who she really is and what she likes to do. She explains that she is not like other grannies. She never liked the quilting bees or Bingo parlors, and that she would rather "live life to the extreme”. This action of granny is justified because everyone have rights to live on their own terms, what granny was
Lisbon, further leading to their suicide. The assessment of the girls’ physical presence, created by Mrs. Lisbon relies on that she makes the girls dress and physically appear a particular way, to her liking. Through Mrs. Lisbon prohibition of wearing any sort of makeup, forcing the girls to dress a certain way and even requiring them to wear long shapeless sacks to Homecoming, further represses the girls’ outlet to express themselves. In the mornings before school or church, “she [Mrs. Lisbon] checked each daughter for signs of makeup before allowing her to get in the car, and it was not unusual for her to send Lux back inside to put on a less revealing top” (6). The way one dresses or the way they do their makeup is a potential outlet of expressing emotions, which is stripped from the girls.
As she transforms back into a young girl, she recalls that her mother would instruct her “... to shed/ my costume, to braid my hair furiously/ with blind hands, and to return invisible/ as myself / to the real world of her kitchen” (25-29). The way in which she utilizes “to” in the start of every section embodies the conformity that her mother is trying to impose on her. It is no coincidence that the identical form of the sentences of her reverting to the female stereotype directly follows her mother’s orders. All of these actions go against her will to be adventurous, and it culminates in a profound statement on who a person really is. In returning invisible as herself, she explains that the person she is supposed to be is not the real her.
She clearly drops hints to Macbeth in the beginning of the play that she wants to be queen. This is seen in act I scene V when she says “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be what thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature; it is too full o' th' milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great, art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it”. In this scene, Lady Macbeth hears the prophecy from the letter written by Macbeth, and she immediately concludes that a murder should take place.