Analysis Of The Story ' Girl ' By Jamaica Kincaid Essay

831 Words Feb 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
The view of women in society has always been a prevalent issue throughout history. In the short story “Girl”, by Jamaica Kincaid, she expresses those inequalities and double standards. The story reflects a mother, who by her own past experiences of being a woman in her time and tradition, gives advice to her own daughter, to change her modern ways and views on society and their culture.
It’s obvious to the readers that the mother is very traditional. For example, her mother explains traditional ways to cook their Caribbean dishes, most likely in ways in which she was taught. She tells her daughter “Cook pumpkin fritter in very hot sweet oil”(504), “Soak salt fish overnight before you cook it”(504), and gives other traditional advice. The tone tells the reader the mother believes that cooking is for women, and even though the daughter may believe otherwise, as she is growing up in a different generation. She questioned why her daughter sang “Benna” and not to do so while in Sunday school. Most likely because “Benna,” was a style of Caribbean folk music, introduced after slavery that created their lyrics on mostly gossip and sexual messages. This is a clear reason for the mother to keep her daughter from such “ungodly” music, as it is not religious and could cause more harm than good in trying to keep her daughter on the right track.
The mother also teaches her daughter how to act and look like a lady. Throughout the story the mother continuously refers to her daughter acting…

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