Judy Brady in “ I want a wife” and Jamaica Kincaid in “Girl” both analyze
women’s traditional roles, although they have different perspectives on these roles, they
both seem to have the same message: What role does a woman play in our society? In
Kincaid’s “Girl” story starts with a dialog between a mother and a daughter, in which a
mother is teaching her daughter the expectations of a woman in society.” I want a wife”
describes duties of a wife , represented in such a way to show Brady’s unsatisfying views
of unfair roles of men and a woman.
Throughout history and in all cultures the role of a woman would always come
down to the same expectations. In Kincaid’s”Girl”mother is teaching her daughter, that is
becoming a woman, how to behave like a lady. By saying “ on Sunday try to walk like a
lady and not like a slut you are so bent on becoming; don’t sing benna on Sunday
school”(p.192). Based on the passage we can conclude that “benna” is some kind of
inappropriate music, therefore a well-behaved girl is not to engage in such activity.
Another example of "this is how you iron your father’s khaki shirt so that it doesn’t
have a crease;”. With this Kincaid is telling us that a women always serves a man, first
her father as a girl , and than her husband as a married woman.
In Brady’s “ I want a wife”, she is describing the role of a women in our society.
The role that didn’t change all that much since the times when a woman was expected to take
care of the house –hold only. Today women work, but they are in charged of house-holds,
children, and their husbands too. Brady’s constant use of the word “wife” all throughout
the essay, is an attempt to...
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