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    Girl By Jamaica Kincaid

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    Girl -Jamaica Kincaid Jamaica Kincaid is award-winning author whose work mainly speaks on the issues of being a girl in poor 3rd world country. She currently lives in New England but she was born and raised in Antigua, an island in the West Indies. She wrote Girl as a conversation between her mother and her pre-teen self. With a blunt and formal tone Girl paints a picture of a girl growing into puberty in a low socio-economic situation in a 3rd world country. Girl is a replica of a one sided conversation

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    No matter how people learn lessons, they will stay with the person forever, and help them through life. In the short stories “The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara and “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid, there is lesson that a character will learn about life. Although, in “The Lesson”, the teaching was more profound and had a deeper meaning behind it, while “Girl” was a parent forcing instructions on a child in order for the child to learn how a woman is to live. This being said, the teaching is more profound

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    In her thought provoking essay “In History,” author Jamaica Kincaid explores the idea of naming things in a historical context through various anecdotes. Kincaid makes a purposeful choice to tell her story non chronologically, beginning with the tale of Columbus, putting her own reflection on plant nomenclature in the middle, and ending with an overview of Carl Linnaeus, the inventor of the plant naming system. This choice gives Kincaid the opportunity to fully vet out each point that she makes,

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    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

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    The “Girl” is a poem that was written by Jamaica Kincaid. The poem depicts a mother instructing her daughter of what to do, and how to do it. As stated in the poem the child was being instructed on how to buy cotton which shows that the person receiving the instruction is a girl, “buying cotton to make a nice blouse,” shows females attributes and qualities. As quoted, “iron your father’s khaki shirt so that it doesn’t have a crease,” shows that it is a mother speaking. The tone of the poem is one

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    In A Small Place Jamaica Kincaid stresses the limitations that Antiguans are subjected to because they have never experienced another way of living. In Appendix A Kincaid’s repetitive language emphasizes key points in her writing. One of the elements that is highlighted in Appendix A, and throughout the novel, is time. Kincaid constructs the idea that Antiguans are unnafected by time through depicting their lives and society on a daily basis and throughout the years. In Appendix A, more specifically

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    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

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    In the poem “Girl” written by Jamaica Kincaid, she expresses how many people in society see woman as only fulfilling certain roles. While much of this has changed over the years and many feel that a woman can be and do anything that they desire, others feel that it is a woman’s place to take care of the home, cook, and make life more comfortable for the man of the home. Kincaid does not appear to disagree or find the feminist lifestyle irregular. In this prose poem the girl’s mother is educating

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    be feminine, gender roles have much more to them; which can differentiate through region or time period. A great example that proves that there is a difference and change in gender roles through different scenarios is the short story “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid which also pertains the themes of Parent/Child Relations and

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    Jamaica Kincaid’s prose-poem “Girl” is about a mother who tells her daughter how a girl should be and what should she do and act in different cases. Throughout the prose-poem, we see that the love the mother gives is considered as tough love due to her bossy and strict tone, yet the girl deserves to be who she wants to be, have a voice and live her life making her own mistakes. Parents have a huge influence on their kids and even though it is good to have a parent educating you, it can get

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    In the story “Girl”, Jamaica Kincaid illustrates the talk given to a young Antiguan girl about what is expected of her in order to make a point about the cultural pressures and unfair social boundaries that come with being a girl in the Caribbean. The author plays with word choice and sentence structure in a way that makes this unconventional writing style enjoyable and metaphorically resonant. Though it is possible to read this prose as a mother talking directly to her daughter and the daughter

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    Jamaica Kincaid

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    for the First Time” (1991), Jamaica Kincaid, a proud Antiguan-American writer, condemns England’s unacceptable acts of erasure upon a nation’s culture. She remarks that England has unrightfully censured the death of the Caribbean culture and the people's long-held nationalism for Antigua; and yet although Antigua had freed itself from England's chokehold, the nation has already been constructed in such a way that it had become economically dependent on the English. Kincaid illustrates this impassioned

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    set the mood throughout the text. Although her novel sets place in postcolonial times she reflects on both the present and the past. Jamaica Kincaid takes on a second person narration to attack the reader, whom is taking on the role as the colonizer, a narrative telling, and lastly a reflection to de-credit colonization and expose their corruption and greed. Kincaid “inverts the power if naming inherent in colonial discourse by saying in public what other Antiguans can say only in private” (Byerman)

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    Jamaica Kincaid Analysis

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    ¨Girl¨ by Jamaica Kincaid is a short story, definitely is not a usual short story. Some of the most outstanding features of this story are that only have 2 characters. Commonly, the stories are written in first or third perspective, ¨Girl¨ is written in second person perspective. Therefore, the reader is involved in the story and takes a role in the play. Consequently, the reader is able to experience the feelings of the characters. Jamaica Kincaid does not establish the relationship of the character

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    Jamaica Kincaid depicts an instructional survival guiding theme in “Girl,” about a mother giving essential advice to the daughter about very critical life issues. The advice consists of how to do many domestic acts such as Antiguan dishes, being a respectable young lady and many small suggestions to not have a ruined reputation amongst the society the young girl is living in. Throughout the short story uses symbolism to emphasize the theme entirely so the girl learns to behave and be pure in front

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    In the short story, “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid, the stories narrators tries to control, who we assume is her daughter, though directions of house hold chores and the use of a harsh but fearful tones about her sexuality, so she can make sure her daughter understands what responsibilities she has in a domestic life style, and that her sexuality control will help her be a respected woman in the community. Or how to control her sexual behavior, both which will help her be a respected woman in her community

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    Based on a short story "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid, a mother in this poem tried to give her young daughter with all the good advice on how to live a fulfilling life in society, so she can be growing up and becoming a woman. Even though, she still young, and her mother is very worried about her daughter can be lead a bad situation about sexuality in her personal life. More than that, she was linking many objects to the topic of sexuality to dare her daughter Jamaica such as “squeezing bread before buying

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    Perfect Woman: An Analysis of Jamaica Kincaid’s “Girl” “…on Sundays try to walk like a lady and not like the slut you are so bent on becoming…” (Kincaid, 320). This phrase accurately represents the point that is being made in this passage. In Jamaica Kincaid’s piece, “Girl”, her mother is giving her advice on how to be and act like a proper woman. Her mother describes everything from how to properly do laundry to how to set a table for all occasions (Kincaid, 3-4). Kincaid manipulates several literary

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    Jamaica Kincaid Girl

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    that have held them down and stigmatized them. Unfortunately, these pressures transcend cultures and continue to this day. The experiences in “Girl” are a global phenomenon that affects girls regardless of who they are or where they come from. In Jamaica Kincaid’s short story “Girl”, the protagonist is repeatedly belittled as a calculated way of controlling her behavior. The girl faces a plethora of responsibilities at home, as well as societal expectations of her behavior in her faith-based community

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    the fact that she has to have the big girl talk with her daughter. In Jamaica Kincaid, Girl , we are experiencing this conversation first hand. The trick is this conversation can always go two different directions. It can either go well with the mother and daughter giving each other equal opportunity to speak or with the mother taking the roll of the speaker and the daughter being the listener. In this case during “Jamaica Kincaid, Girl” it takes the route of the mother being the speaker and daughter

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