The rhythm of the Caribbean Island of Antigua eminates in the poetic prose of the unique short story, “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid. The author’s tone and mood for the story demonstrates the residual effects of the slavery and colonial takeover of her land. A mother’s advice for a life time springs out of the memory of the daughter. The story is one long sentence with the author using semi-colons to separate the different bits of information.
Believing that her daughter is on the cusp of womanhood, the mother feels that her daughter is already making poor decisions. The motherly advice exudes bitterness and anger. She believes that her daughter is destined to a life of promiscuity if she does not change and follow her mother’s instructions.
Essentially, the story is a list of rules for the daughter to place inside her value system. The author uses stream of consciousness in giving the advice which is defined as a literary style that presents a...
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