Implicated in this merging as readers; having been addressed as 'you' throughout, it is hard to escape thinking about ourselves in the Girl's place, the imposition of authority as we've experienced it, as imposed by our own parents, the ways these impositions can both protect and limit us. Where one would expect an individual to rebel in some way against their parents. The reader is also able to see it in the beginning, middle and end of the short story. This shows how demanding the mother is and also that she has very high expectations from her daughter. It is as though the mother forgets that her daughter is still just a girl or child. Born Elaine Potter Richardson, in 1949 in St.
You can help Wikipedia by. Which may leave many readers to believe that the mother is condoning or accepting that there is an inequality between the sexes. The mother tells the daughter how to act. What roles do they play in this story? The story provides a warning to the reader regarding the dangers of being overbearing on children. Another symbol example is the importance of clothing. The phrases are a mother's way of insuring that her daughter has the tools that she needs to survive as an adult. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.
But there seems to be a logic at work other than the validity of the mother's voice ' her intent is being undermined. Also, the Carib Indian population had been eliminated. Another important aspect of the story is that the mother tells the girl about the situations when the girl should do or not do those things. During interviews, Kincaid revealed that this book was based in Antigua, the Island where she was born and brought up. The mother also goes on to describe other household chores and how to do them correctly.
The voice is stern and commanding, brooking no backtalk. For her work on Annie John, Kincaid was selected as one of three finalists for the 1985 international Ritz Paris Hemingway Award. However, some of the information has the potential to be disadvantageous to the girl. Of course women have made tremendous strides but lessons like these are still taught to many young girls today. This can also relate to how men are expected to be more sexual than women therefore meaning women are not encouraged to be sexual. This indicates a social status that is probably not upper class aristocracy. It is a harsh one-sided conversation between the narrator and her mother, with the mother doing all the talking.
It is a harsh one sided conversation between the narrator and her mother, with the mother doing all the talking. The reader gets the impression that the advice that the mother gives her daughter has been passed down from many generations of women. Likewise there is a sense that she is to be silent or submissive in life. However, all of the slut references has me a little confused. These statements show that the mother believes that there are some things that females cannot or should not do. The mother being all about the image that is being portrayed wants her daughter to be respectable in the public eye. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.
The story also gives clues that the girl is fairly young when given these instructions. Readers recognize the reverence the mother has for the power of domesticity because of the numerous specific instructions she gives her daughter, such as how to cook pumpkin fritters, sweep, grow okra, buy bread, and wash clothes. I believe the way the cultural tradition in the depicted society treats women is very different compared to how men are treated. Why did the narrator feel compelled to finally speak up for herself in this moment? She is after all being taught to live a life of domesticity and appears to be under the complete control of her mother. Often the older women seem more insulting and scolding than helpful to the younger girl. Kincaid also wrote in a way that made each time reading it, a new thing to infer or attach to as a reader.
With the daughter due to the fact that she is female not being allowed a voice or choice. The symbolism gives more insight than what the reader can read just on the surface. Which leaves the reader thinking that rather than finding her own place in life the daughter will do as her mother has instructed her to do. The way the mother lists the lessons is almost frantic but also matter-of-fact. The last line of the short story, 'you mean to say that after all you are really going to be the kind of woman who the baker won't let near the bread'? Which is a religion, that is African in origin and based in witch craft. This may be significant as the mother appears to wish to mould her daughter in her own likeness.
Such medicine is homemade and can have adverse effects on the health of the girl. The whole story is also similar to a to-do list with the reader aware that the mother is instructing her daughter on how to live her life. From each line, you see the viewpoint of how her mother sees the world, what is proper in her eyes and her expectations for her daughter. Young girls are a much less likely to take in barked orders like what is read in Girl considering a higher value on independence exists in present day. She is telling her daughter that she will be seen as dirty if her fruits are out for everyone to see. . White represents pure, virgin, and clean.