How do think the girl feels in"Girl" about her parent's tone and instruction?

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Girl by Jamaica Kincaid is a story written in the form of a monologue in which a mother in the West Indies instructs what appears to be her teenage daughter on how to live as a woman. Rather than being a realistic monologue, it almost seems a composite of instructions the mother has given the girl at various times. 

As most teenagers, one can imagine that the girl is not entirely happy with the instructions. One can imagine her rolling her eyes as she listens. The tone of many of the instructions suggests that the girl may be behaving in ways her mother thinks are leading her down the road to becoming a slut. The scolding tone, and sense of the mother's frustration with her unruly young daughter are apparent in such descriptions as "looking like the slut I know you are so bent on becoming".

The girl's responses, set off in italics, indicate that she feels defensive. For example, she protests "but I don't sing benna on Sundays at all and never in Sunday school" when told not to do it.

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