Analysis Of Jamaica Kincaid 's ' Girl ' Essay

1570 Words Dec 7th, 2016 7 Pages
Despite the fact that it may be short, Girl by Jamaica Kincaid, is fierce and strong. Easily, it is definitely high on the “most book-throwing” stories list. I rank it at number one on the list. The short story touches home base with me and other women as well, I am positive. Which is what makes it so interesting. Throughout the long winded sentence of a story, the narrator lectures and instructs her seemingly young daughter on what to do domestically and in public to not be deemed a “slut.” The narrator touches on a very debatable issue that is most obviously due to her being of an older generation. The issue that is most shown in the story is the social pressures enforced on women and young girls to act a certain way. Proper etiquette is a subject that just about every girl as heard at least once in their lifetime. In older generations, women were expected to be the “home keepers” and not to do things like men did, whether it be playing a game, sexuality, or pursuing knowledge. Although, the pressure might not be as high anymore today for some girls, it is definitely still around. I personally feel I directly relate to this topic that is addressed in Girl. This pertinent topic is exhibited by multiple commands the narrator makes. “This is how to behave in the presence of men who do not know you very well,” “Do not squat down to play marbles,” and “This is how you iron your father’s khaki pants so that they do not have a crease,” are a few commands stated by the narrator.…

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