It takes the form of a series of lessons; the point of the lessons, according to the mother, is to teach her daughter to behave and act properly” (Wellesley, pars. 1-2) .The daughter realizes that the mother commands a lot of her. Starting at the very beginning of the poem, throughout and at the end of the poem the daughter is demanded by the mother to perform tasks.”Wash the white clothes on Monday and put them on the stone heap” (Kincaid). The way the mother talks to her daughter we can automatically tell that the mother is in complete control of her daughter and is not going to have anything less of greatness from her daughter. The mother’s unwillingness to talk to her daughter calmly and nicely shows how much she wants her daughter to be a lady and how much control the mother has over the daughter.
A wise woman once said, "The more a daughter knows about her mother 's life, the stronger the daughter" (http://www.wiseoldsayings.com/mother-and-daughter-quotes/). As any girl raised by their mother can attest, the relationship between a mother and her daughter is a learning experience. As young girls, you look up to you mother as your greatest role model and follow in their steps closely. In Jamaica Kincaid 's short story "Girl", a mother uses one single sentence in order to give her daughter motherly advice. Her advice is intended to help her daughter, but also to scold her at the same time.
Mama even recognizes this when she says, “. . . that “no” is a word the world never learned to say to her [Dee]” (147). Mama sees that Dee has been able to walk over everyone due to the fact no one has ever challenged her.
The tone of the poem is one of denial, because of the instruction in which the mother was giving to the daughter. As stated, “always eat your food… turn someone else’s stomach;” and tone is throughout the poem. The instructive lessons that are outlined in the text for example, “how to wash the clothes, how to smile at someone you like, and how to set the table.” Shows that the girl does not know how to do things in the right way or what is pleasing to the mother’s approval. In Girl the mother is trying to teach the daughter manners including how to smile to people even if you do not like that person and how to set the table. The mother in the poem seems like a perfectionist who wants things done in a specify way to meet not only the persons who is doing the specific duty but it should also meet the approval of others, for example, “how to cook food for others and how to make and give medicine to people that are in need.” The mother calls the daughter a slut, “this is how to behave in the presence of men who
Throughout the novel, Keller only mentions that Sullivan is her teacher who was instructed to her from the Perkins Institute for the Blind. Very little information is given to the readers about Anne Sullivan; even though, she is also a main character next to Keller. Although readers may not know much about her, Keller mentions that Anne is her teacher; so acknowledging that Anne is a smart woman is easily derived. Plus, Sullivan stayed by Keller’s side throughout the entire story, even with all of Keller’s tantrums. Therefore, it can be recognized that Sullivan is a woman of much patience.
Marguerite has shut many people out, until she has a discussion with Mrs.Flowers who shows her that shutting people out is not how you handle situations you do not want or know how to deal with. Showing Marguerite “ The measure of what a human being can be.”(20) Through Marguerite’s lessons of living taught by Mrs.Flowers. During the story of “ Mrs.Flowers” Marguerite was asked to help Mr.Flowers’ carry Mrs.Flowers goods too her house, when they got to Mrs.Flowers home she wanted to have a chat with Marguerite. While talking Mrs.Flowers says to Marguerite”She said that I must always be intolerant of ignorance, but understanding of illiteracy.’(23) This simple quote revels many different attributes about Mr.Flowers such as her wisdom and maturity. This being said, it takes wisdom to be able to help someone who has been through something in their life such as assault on this level of seriousness.
Brady demonstrates how the majority of wives and mothers are still unappreciated for all the work that they do. "I want a wife who will not bother me with rambling complaints about a wife's duties." (Brady, P5). “I want a wife who will have the house clean, will prepare a special meal, serve it to me and my friends, and not interrupt when I talk about things that interest me and my friends.”(Brady, P7). by listing all this several outrageous requirements she then
The author is leaving a mystery by the subtle way of ending the story with a question mark. The main point of this passage is that the mother is giving her daughter advice at all time about everything. She tells the girl about life, men, cleaning, cooking, and keeping up her reputation with one admonishment after another. Even though the place is not mentioned, the rhythm of the words and the specifics of the girl 's life make us think that the story takes place in the West Indies. The mother worries that the current behavior of the girl will probably lead her to a life of promiscuity; even though the girl doesn’t seem to have reached
Maggie will use them as they are meant to be used for and Dee wants to put them on the wall. In Closing, “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker instructed symbolism and conflict very well. “Everyday Use” is a good story because it proves a point and it shows what one person can do and change the way everybody in the family looks at you. In the end, Dee’s oppressive voice is mute, for Mama has narrated her out of the story
Throughout our lives, as girls, we have been taught how to act, how to dress, how to act as a “young lady”. In the short story Girl by Jamaica Kincaid, we have seen how the narrator has strong values of how young women should be like and intensely advocates her daughter’s life to be traditional and most importantly gives her advice and warning her from becoming a “slut”. The narrator makes it very clear of how her daughter should act, giving her an endless list in order for her to be looked as a “good girl”. The narrator wants her daughter to be looked as a “good girl” because she wants to protect her by preventing the bad outcomes if she ever turns into a “slut”. The setting in Girl takes place in the West Indies; which has a significant influence of the narrator’s worldviews and values.