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Girl Jamaica Kincaid 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 Upon closer examination the reader sees that the text is a string of images that are the cultural practices and moral principles that a Caribbean woman is passing along to her young daughter Jamaica Kincaid has taken common advice that daughters are constantly hearing from their mothers and tied them into a series of commands that a mother uses to prevent her daughter from turning into the slut that she is so bent on becoming 23 But they are more than commands the phrases are a mothers way of insuring that her daughter has the tools that she needs to survive as an adult The fact that the mother takes the time to train the daughter in the proper ways for a lady to act in their culture is indicative of their familial love the fact that there are so many rules and moral principles that are being passed to the daughter indicates that mother and daughter spend a lot of time together The reader gets the impression that the advice that the mother gives her daughter has been passed down from many generations of women The advice of the sages has enabled their daughters to endure hardships and to avoid making the same mistakes that they had made such as planting okra far from the house because it attracts red ants The reader knows that there was some woman in the past who learned this lesson the hard way and included it in the litany of advice for future generations But Girl also shows the hostility and family dissension that the females suffer The world of the Caribbean women is not comprised solely of setting the table for tea or determining which day to wash the white clothes or the colored clothes
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