October 6, 2012
Criticism Essay “Girl”
The short story “Girl” focuses on a mother-daughter relationship in which the mother is a dominant figure in the young girl’s upbringing. Throughout the story, the mother is passing along to her daughter the Westerner Caribbean family practices and moral principles of what a women have to be in a male dominant world. The mother presents feminist perspective by telling her daughter various duties associated with being a female, representation and sexuality of women to become a proper woman in society. The mother gives her daughter dictatorial orders because she fears that she is not going to be a “proper woman” but going to be sexual promiscuous because of the way her daughter is acting now. The mother didn’t want that to happen. The mother use of the word “slut" to her daughters shows what the mother think of her daughter if her daughter fails to behave the way her mother thinks she should. The mother went about telling her daughter how a woman supposed represent herself when she’s among people. the girl was not allow to hang with boys the girl is taught that the length of time she spends with men and how she behaves around men will affect how others perceive her. For example, the girl is instructed: “you mustn’t speak to wharf-rat boys, not even to give directions” and ” don’t squat down to play marbles—you are not a boy” (Kincaid 117). The mother is so stuck on the fact on making sure that her become a “proper woman”. The mother doesn’t want her daughter to know how to behave as a woman she also want her daughter to know the duties of a woman. The mother continues to preach to her daughter of what is expected and the duties of a woman. She gives her daughter a list of instructions on what she must do to become a woman. The mother told her daughter duties as a female involve responsibilities such as cooking and cleaning, The mother gives the daughter advice to make her a...