' Girl, By Edith Wharton's Girl By Jamaica Kincaid

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Despite the fact that it may be short, Girl by Jamaica Kincaid, is fierce and strong. Easily, it is definitely high on the “most book-throwing” stories list. I rank it at number one on the list. The short story touches home base with me and other women as well, I am positive. Which is what makes it so interesting. Throughout the long winded sentence of a story, the narrator lectures and instructs her seemingly young daughter on what to do domestically and in public to not be deemed a “slut.” The narrator touches on a very debatable issue that is most obviously due to her being of an older generation. The issue that is most shown in the story is the social pressures enforced on women and young girls to act a certain way. Proper etiquette is …show more content…
By older society standards, a woman should know how to entertain or set a table, just as my mother once instructed me. This idea of how a woman is to act is also displayed through the short story The Other Two by Edith Wharton. Edith Wharton was a woman whom was born long before my mother and Kincaid, yet she has somewhat of the same belief. At the conclusion of her story, Wharton’s Alice presents her husband along with their two guests a cup of tea and considers it common hospitality. The men accepted the tea because of Alice’s, grace and smile. If Alice had not known how to smile in a somewhat awkward situation and entertain the home, she would not have gracefully pulled off her embarrassment and satisfied the …show more content…
I was taught that as a young child. I was told to make polite conversation with men of whom I didn’t know and not seem desperate. I have since developed my own outlook on what polite conversation is though. I don’t believe there is anything wrong with showing that I am smart. However, people of the older generation believed you are to approach men in a calmer manner. Kincaid advises her daughter on how to “behave in the presence of men who don’t know you very well.” I can only assume she meant in the same way of which I was taught. Don’t show you’re too smart and don’t make yourself look too available. I have ample reason to assume that because Kincaid follows that advisement with “and this way they will not recognize immediately (you are a)

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