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One of the questions I can answer for the paper This work is the story of part of a girls life but its more that that What are some of the ways Kincaid makes this story universal Her first piece of fiction Girl was a liturgy of commands and criticisms in her mothers voice directed to her young daughter The poem Girl by author Jamaica Kincaid shows love and family togetherness by creating microcosmic images of Western Caribbean familial practices and imbedding them in a seemingly incomprehensible text Girl the first and probably most important piece of the collection highlights Kincaids evocative use of language as she explores themes of enculturation and the patriarchal politics of oppression 263 In Girl a mother offers to her daughter a string of hypnotic militaristic admonitions Wash the clothes on Monday and put them on the stone heap wash the color clothes on Tuesday and put them on the clothesline to dry dont walk barehead in the sun soak salt fish overnight before you cook it on Sundays try to walk like a lady and not the slut you are so bent on becoming 3 Born in Antigua in 1949 Jamaica Kincaid moved to the United States to attend college Her works are semi-autobiographical and deal most frequently with two particular themes The first theme deals with Antigua and island life in the Caribbean Kincaid captures the essence of the island through realistic images and vivid descriptions While all of her works treat this theme her first nonfiction work A Small Place deals exclusively with Antigua and the lives and lifestyles of its inhabitants The second theme Kincaid explores extensively is that of women and their relationships with each other particularly the mother-daughter relationship Kincaid writes of mothers and daughters in Annie John Lucy The Autobiography of My Mother and Girl The short piece Girl is one of Kincaids best representatives of the theme of a young womans relationship
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