Girl Analysis Essay

1420 Words Oct 30th, 2011 6 Pages
English 101
October 17, 2011
Expectations
What types of expectations are placed on you? Have so many of them piled up over time that is seems so overwhelming that you could run through them in a mad list in your head? Well then welcome to one of Jamaica Kincaid’s famous short stories, “Girl”. In the essay “Girl,” Jamaica Kincaid portrays the stereotypes and expectations placed on women and girls of her culture in the 1950’s. She uses authoritative tone, syntax, and progression of thought to show the expected responsibilities of girls and women in the narrator’s culture. Throughout the essay the narrator of the essay “Girl,” uses a lot of examples to show the expectations placed on women and girls, actually the whole essay is mostly
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200). She is showing that no matter what the situation there are responsibilities for women whether it be from domestic cleaning or growing plants and going to Sunday school. No matter what part of a woman’s life that is being described they are all examples of what is expected for her to act or do.
These expectations and stereotypes are defiantly not being placed on the girl all at one time. The narrator goes through the essay progressively throughout a life of a girl and a young woman. The essay starts off with duties of a younger girl. The narrator is trying to teach the girl many things, like, “Soak your little cloths right after you take them off;”(p. 200). By stating “little cloths” the narrator is putting emphasis on that this is a lesson for a young girl. She is stating that the cloths are little because they are for a small girl. She also goes on to state, “is it true that you sing benna in Sunday school?”(p. 200). She is still talking about young girls here with the mention of Sunday school, this would be a question that could only be posed to a girl young enough to be attending one. This is all used at the start of the essay to show responsibilities of a young girl. The narrator moves on though to

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