Gender Equality : The Yellow Wallpaper, And Girl By Jamaica Kincaid

1705 Words Dec 17th, 2015 7 Pages
Throughout our history, gender equality has been a controversial and critical issue in society. Gender roles have evolved and changed over time, but there is still a social, political, and economical divide between both genders. The passages, “Daddy”, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, and “Girl”, exemplify how a male figure can negatively impact a woman’s life due to gender discrimination. Although, gender equality has come a long way in history, men still play a dominant role and can have a lasting effect on a woman’s life. Emma Watson, an actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, stated the following, “It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should stop defining each other by what we are not, and start defining ourselves by who we are.” In the passage, “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid, a mother gives her daughter a long list of how she should act and behave. Throughout the passage, the mother dictates how her daughter should behave in society. The mother tells her daughter the following, “on Sundays try to walk like a lady and not like the slut you are so bent on becoming” (Kincaid 49). The mother is concerned that her daughter won’t find a husband the way she is behaving now. She worried about how people will perceive her daughter and how it will effect her future. Instead of being a kind and nurturing mother, she is conditioning her daughter to become a “perfect” wife for a man. By doing this, she is stripping her daughter of her own…

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