Critical Analysis Of Girl By Jamaica Kincaid

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Week 5 Critical Response “What is the conflict in ‘Girl’ by Jamaica Kincaid and why is there conflict?” The conflict in “Girl” is that of parenting vs the environment. The narrator of the text is a mother giving advice to her daughter. The mother is concerned for the daughter because she believes that the daughter may grow up to be a slut because of the social pressures put on her. This is supported by the lines “on Sundays try to walk like a lady and not like the slut you are so bent on becoming,” “you mustn’t speak to wharf-rat boys,” and “don’t squat down to play marbles,” (74). These lines suggest that by interacting with boys and not being pious will lead the daughter down the path to becoming a slut. It is because of this environment that the mother attempts to steer her daughter back on to the right path by giving her both practical advice for when she has her own home, such as how to sew, iron, cook, sweep, and even make herbal medicines, and general life and relationship advice, such as how to talk to strangers and that some relationships may or may not work out. In certai...

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