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English 112 section 096March 29 1999An in Depth Analysis of Gender RelationshipsThroughout history and in all cultures the roles of males and females vary Relating to the piece of literature Girl written by Jamaica Kincaid for the time when womens roles were to work in the home By examining gender roles then one may better understand how women and men interact and how better to build relationships at home and in the world of business At the time that this work was written women mainly stayed at home and did housework while few of the very poorest households required the woman to work in an industrial job Kincaid wrote of the specific roles and responsibilities that a mother would tell her daughter By what she wrote one can fully understand what was expected of a woman at that time and in that particular cultureThe object of examining gender roles is to answer the question why should women and men be equal and Are there populations in which men and women are absolutely equal Are there societies in which women dominate men Gender 238 By understanding the culture in which this piece of literature is written the gender roles and the rules of behavior for a woman then the relationships between genders can be realized The general myth about women and their gender role in the American society is that the mother works in the home and supports her man in every way For each relationship the people in that relationship must decide the particular roles that they will playIn the literary work Girl Kincaid shows clearly that the womans role in this work was to serve the family and to work mainly in the house The mother writing this story tells her daughter that this is how you iron your fathers khaki shirt so that it doesnt have a crease Kincaid 489 In this marriage it is understood that the wife is to do the
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