Jamaica Kincaid- Girl Essays

1103 Words Nov 26th, 2006 5 Pages
Jamaica Kincaid- Girl The poem "Girl" by author Jamaica Kincaid shows love and family togetherness by creating microcosmic images of the way mothers raise their children in order to survive. Upon closer examination, the reader sees that the text is a string of images in Westerner Caribbean family practices.
Jamaica Kincaid has taken common advice that daughters are constantly hearing from their mothers and tied them into a series of commands that a mother uses to prevent her daughter from turning into "the slut that she is so bent on becoming" (380). But they are more than commands; the phrases are a mother's way of ensuring that her daughter has the tools that she needs to survive as an adult. The fact that the mother takes the
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The ideas that she uses are probably direct quotes that she heard as a girl. She probably performed tasks such as washing laundry on a rock, ironing her family's clothes, or cooking pumpkin fritters in very hot sweet oil.
In the early 1900's men and women lived like they were in a third world country. If an 80 year old man or women that lived during the great depression in the United States read "Girl," he or she would have a different response to the story than a man or woman half his age. My granny grew up during the great depression, her mother died when she was twelve. She learned to be an adult over night. Her responsibility was to cook, clean and care for her family as well as her two-year old baby brother. She had the task of providing food and caring for the family with very few, if any, resources. My Granny always said, "The only thing which was thrown away when they butchered a hog, was the hog's squeal, and the reason that it was thrown out was because it couldn't be caught!" The rule of thumb for living in that time was to save and reuse every thing which could be used.
When I first read "Girl" I was blown away at how much work they have to do over seas and in early 1900's. I learned a lot from my granny when she told me the stories of when she was my age. We as Americans take for granted the luxuries we have today. We have microwave ovens, air conditioning, a washer and dryer, and many other accessories that we

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