Essay about Analysis Of The Story ' Girl ' By Jamaica Kincaid

817 Words Apr 5th, 2016 4 Pages
In today’s society family relationships are very important factors to how we as humans develop. However one of the most important relationships for a daughter is the one between her and her mother. In the past this relationship was more so to prime and prep the daughter to grow up and become a proper woman and mother. This can be seen in the short story “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid’s where the mother is literally teaching and molding the girl the way the mother thinks a women should be, and the daughter listens obediently. But in the short story, “Saving Sourdi” by May-Lee Chai you see a mother-daughter relationship that resembles more of today’s society expectations, where the mother raises the child to believe they should grow up a certain way but while one daughter is repeating the cycle, another takes the information with a grain of salt. Overall the nature of the relationship between mother and daughter is tends to result in the mother molding her child to become a version of herself.
A mother’s role is to teach her daughter the fundamentals of her role in the family and community. This can be shown when the mother in “Girl” lists all the expectations of the girl, such as chores she’s expected to do such as, “Wash the white clothes on Monday and put them on the stone heap; wash the color clothes on Tuesday and put them on the clothesline to dry” (Kincaid 1). The mother also tells the girl how she is expected to act in society by enforcing the way she must act “on Sundays…

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