Jamaica Kincaid’s “Girl” is about a mother giving her daughter advice. She tells the girl about cooking, cleaning, men, and life in general. She calls girl a “slut” rather freely through the whole story. It’s almost as if she sees her daughter becoming a slut, rather than the woman she intends her to be. “Girl” is something different then I have ever read before. It’s almost as if you’re reading a set of instructions with very few responses of the girl who is receiving them. “Girl” not only reads as a set of instructions, but also reads at a poems stand point. I did like reading it, because “Girl” was very different from anything I have ever read before. All mothers seem to have a different perspective on how they want their daughters to become. In Jamaica Kincaid’s “Girl” it is a mother telling girl how to cook, clean, dress appropriately, how to get a man, and gardening. She also asks girl if “it is true that you sing benna in Sunday school?” “Benna” is a West Indian’s musical genre. Girl only interrupts her mother twice. Once to defend herself telling her mother “that she does not sing benna on Sundays at all and never in Sunday school.” At the very end of the story girl asks her mother “what if the baker don’t let her feel the bread?” Through the whole time her mother is telling her you must act this way, or you must cook and clean that way, girl only interrupts the mother twice. To me this shows that girl has complete respect for her mother. Yet the mother still…
close to their young; human mothers however, have a different way of protecting their young. The short story, “Girl” written by Jamaica Kincaid, is about a mother explaining to her daughter how to be a proper woman. Towards the end however, the mother explains to the daughter how to be a ‘good’ slut. “Girl” uses repetition, mood, and irony to express a mothers concern that her daughter be safe while living a risqué lifestyle.
Throughout the story, the mother repeats a sentence several times because…
The purpose of this paper is to discuss information about Jamaica that I came across while researching.
I will be sharing the history, climate, population, economy, religions, famous citizens,
Jamaica can be found about four hundred eighty miles South of Florida. It is the third largest island in the Caribbean sea. This Island was a British colony for almost three hundred years, it is independent.
Jamaica is inhabited by various mountains ranges, only about twenty percent of this nation…
Jamaica, The Struggling Pirate
Macroeconomic problem: As a relatively small economy and heavily dependent on the service sector, Jamaica’s economy is facing many growth challenges. These problems include: slow or negative GDP growth rate, high unemployment rate and absurdly big debt.
Jamaica, a small island country in the Caribbean, is known to the world as the home of world class sprinters. When talking about Jamaica, people will immediately mention Usain Bolt because…
Jamaica Kincaid, an author and poet, was born May 25th, 1949. She is native to Antigua, an island in the West Indies, located in the Caribbean Sea. In her nonfiction book, A Small Place, Kincaid discusses how her native country has changed and become worse because of its British colonial legacy. Kincaid expresses her opinions and feelings about Antigua. She elaborates on government corruption, the tourist's point of view on visiting the island, and greed. In the piece, Kincaid wants to inform…
When visiting Jamaica, most tourists stay close to the sugar white beaches and crisp blue water of the Atlantic Ocean, but what lies behind those beaches is where the beautiful treasures of the country truly are. While traveling, most people try to see everything a place has to offer. It could be historic landmarks, or something as simple as the beauty of mother nature. Jamaica has many interesting places to go and explore like the Blue Mountains, Dunn’s River Falls, and ancient Spanish Town.
Analysis of the short story Girl
Jamaica Kincaid’s short story, “Girl,” (1978) describes a mother that is simultaneously
berating her daughter and teaching her what’s expected to be and do as an Antiguan woman.
There's no traditional plot, no action, no character descriptions, and no setting. Only two voices,
and it takes us a while to figure out that they are mother and daughter. The girl only responds
twice to the mom and thats to ask, “but what if the baker won’t let me feel the bread?,”(Kincaid
484) and also to defend herself by saying…
The Pirate’s Daughter
1. Summarized the main plot of this novel.
The novel begins in the year of 1946. Ida is a 13 year old girl living with her parents Esme and Eli. Errol Flynn arrives on the island when his boat, the Zaca, is shipwrecked. Over the years, Flynn spends most of his time in Jamaica and Ida’s infatuation for him grows. At the age of 16, Ida eventually gets what she desires from Errol. Ida becomes pregnant with Errol’s daughter, May. Ida sets her heart on marrying…
Peter Meinke “Advice to My Son” and Jamaica Kincaid “Girl”
The Rules to Picking a Good Wife The poem Advice to My Son by Peter Meinke, is a perfect example of how old sayings do not always reflect life. In this poem Meinke is giving his son advice on choosing a wife; he advises his son to “Therefore, marry a pretty girl after seeing her mother;” “To be specific, between the peony and the rose plant squash and spinach, turnips and tomatoes;…
By Michael Harvey
and Colin Fox
Where is Jamaica ?
Jamaica is located in the Caribbean sea
and is about 1,460 miles away from
It enjoys nice tropical weather perfect
for the beach.
Economy and Currency
The Jamaican economy is base on
agriculture mining and tourism makes
up 60% their GDP , and it is a free
They accept the British pound because
of their tourism.
1 US Dollar is equivocate to 115