Character Vs. Society : Girl And Theme For English B Essay
How can two completely different texts convey the same message while covering different issues? In this paper I will argue that “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid and “Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes are both addressing the same issue but in different ways. I will look at the similarities of characters, symbolism, and structure in the stories. Even though the texts are different, they both reveal social issues found in society. “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid is a short story that consists of two characters, a mother and daughter that are having a conversation. The conversation is very one sided, where the mother is telling the girl everything she needs know in order become a proper woman. The story is told though the perspective of the young girl who also happens to be the narrator. Even though she is the narrator, she barely speaks, only saying two sentences in the entire story.
Likewise in “Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes the narrator is a boy. However, in this poem, the narrator isn’t having a conversation with anyone, he is instead narrating an essay he wrote to his English teacher. In contrast to “Girl”, the boy is the only one speaking. The amount each narrator speaks play key in addressing the bigger problem the characters’ are facing.
The problem at hand isn’t just the strained relationship between the mother and daughter or the boy’s inability to fit in because of his skin color; both characters are…