Analysis of Girl by Kincaid

Analysis of Girl by Kincaid - Girl Jamaica Kincaid's one...

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Girl Jamaica Kincaid’s one sentence-short story, called “Girl” shows a unique point of view of love and family by giving us a peek of different images of family traditions and practices and incorporating them in a rather compound text. Since Kincaid is originally from the Caribbean, she is very familiar with the cultural everyday practices of a female, and her knowledge of the Caribbean culture had a great effect on the point of view of this short story. It is obvious that the whole text consists of the string of cultural images and moral principles that a Caribbean woman passes down to her young daughter in order to prevent her from turning into “the slut she is so bent on becoming”(642). The tone of the short story is rather authoritative, as it is basically a litany of commands of the society, or a mother’s way of insuring that her daughter has what it takes to survive as an adult woman. The point of view of this short story is somewhat vague at the beginning as it starts out with listing a series of commands; the first person point of view becomes evident when the protagonist responds, " I don't sing benna at all on Sundays, and never in Sunday school " (642). Although the protagonist or “the girl” seems to be telling this story
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course ENG 2213 taught by Professor Dr.mary during the Spring '07 term at McDaniel.

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