Symbolism In Tony Kincaid's 'The Girl'

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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. Otherwise, it can be very easily stereotyped as a “slut-walk” if slouching. It is interesting that the mother might be conveying her past experience to the daughter. Most mothers would want to see their daughter succeed in life. But the question in my mind keeps on repeating, why does the mother have this condescending
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