Girl by Jamaica Kincaid

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Girl By Jamaica Kincaid Reading Response

Question: What does this story suggest about the ideas of womanhood and femininity?

The short story Girl by Jamaica Kincaid has many suggestions on how exactly womanhood be. The mother is very convinced that her daughter is going down a road of promiscuity and if she doesn’t change her ways, a slut she shall be. The instructions the mother gives are specific and they come quickly. Throughout the entire story, the daughter only responds once. Both responses prove that the daughter is naïve. She says, “but I don’t sing benna on Sundays at all, and never in Sunday school,’’ and she says at the end, “but what if the baker won’t let me feel the bread?” The exact responses prove that the daughter is trying to take the information in at her best ability but she is too young to get that full message that her mother is sending her. Her mother continuously says, “the slut you are bent on being,” because of how she acts which seem to be just childish acts that all children go through at a young age. Her mother’s obsession with femininity comes into play when she says, “ don’t squat down when you play marbles,” and “this is how you love a man.” She wants her daughter to find her womanly identity and master the art of womanhood without have to depend on a male. Not once did he r mother mention the help of a man when catching food or fixing things around the house. The mother believes strongly in independence and she feels that her daughter should also. Her mother is very stern on what she needs to do to be a lady and eventually run a household, as a woman should. I really enjoyed Kincaid’s style of writing and her love for her culture. Her writing really paints a picture of exactly what she is saying as you read. She is blunt with the beginning of this short story, which really tells the audience that her mother was also a…...

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