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The short story Girl is not about a specific mother-daughter relationship but rather culturally designated roles for girls in a particular societyIn order to fit into a certain society one must uphold the appearance and behaviors that are expected by the societys social standard The way a woman makes her hair and wears her clothes are just a couple of aspects by which she is judged in society In the story Girl the mother says that her daughter must not walk bareheaded in the sun because that will ruin her hair she must control her supposed urges to dress like a slut and she must wash everyday even if it is with her own spit 544 The reason why the mother makes all these demands is because a girl is expected to be able to present herself in a respectful manner that meets the requirement of her culture and of the society Women are not taken by what they say and what they do but rather by how they present themselves For example a woman who is dressed according to societys definition of beautiful would be treated with more civility than a woman who decides to dress in a way that defies the social norm The mother is advising her daughter to dress appropriately so that people respect her for her social standing and her outward appearance and this will allow her to be a woman who is respected for fulfilling the demands that both culture and society laid out for her Therefore making her the kind of woman the baker will let near the bread 544Since the beginning of her life a girl is expected to do certain chores such as cooking and cleaning so that she can maintain a good social standing and not be an embarrassment or a disgrace to her family In Kincaids story Girl the mother tells her daughter of the chores she must do such as tips for growing
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