What is the theme of the story? What do you think the author is saying about tradition and gender in "Girl"?

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"Girl" is a short story written in the second person that focuses on motherly advice spoken to a young girl. The advice ranges from what to wear to how to act. While there are many themes in "Girl," one major message is about reputation, illuminated in the final lines of the text.

Throughout the piece, the mother focuses on what to do and how to do it, ranging from washing clothes to cooking, but the motif of sexuality and how one is perceived is repeated throughout. The mother tells her daughter to eat food in a way that "won't turn someone else's stomach," to "walk like a lady," and how to smile at people you like and dislike. The repeated phrase about her daughter being...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on April 17, 2020