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Narrative Women in Context in Jamaica Kincaids The Autobiography of My Mother and Virginia Woolfs The Voyage Out When looking at literature as a symbolic representation of life the absence of a mother figure within the narrative may have a direct correlation with the portrayal of society as strictly patriarchal In Jamaica Kincaids The Autobiography of My Mother the loss of Xuelas mother and alienation from her father is reflective of an alien and abusive society that leaves no room for her as an individual For Rachel in Virginia Woolfs in A Voyage Out the almost complete sublimation of a mother figure and the overtly abusive brutish properties of her father seem to be correlated with a reference to the English society during the Imperialist years Xuela Claudette Richardson is an amalgamation of national identities Her mother was from the Caribbean but was educated by French nuns Her father was a mix of Scottish brigand with a Black mans need to prove himself Her mother died giving birth Her father immediately hands her over to Ma Eunice the wash lady and another person in service to her father Her life with Eunice was not overly problematic as Xuela believed she was treated in the exact same manner as her own children The brutality she exhibits is considered tantamount to inheritance and is perhaps better than the intentional cruelty of her stepmother Xuelas stepmother is the antithesis of motherhood - She gives the child moldy food as well as an amulet Xuelas mistrust is such that she puts the necklace around the neck of the dog which then proceeds to go crazy and die Motherhood means death - and explains the reason she becomes her own abortionist In Woolfs The Voyage Out the role of mother is avoided to the point of being sublimated into language and music Only here is there a sense of nurturing Her mother is spoken of as Theresa and the only
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