What's a good analysis of the short story “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid?  How could I create a good thesis statement for an essay based on this analysis?

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A good thesis statement makes a claim that can be defended with textual evidence from the story. It is a statement of opinion with which someone could argue, if they wished to. Certainly, you could write a thesis that takes a position that many of the directions given to the "girl" refer to other people and how she should treat and/or serve them. The main speaker says things like, "this is how you smile to someone you don’t like too much; this is how you smile to someone you don’t like at all; this is how you smile to someone you like completely," and it's notable that the girl is instructed on how to smile to someone she does not like at all. Often, we don't smile at people we do not like; yet this girl's behavior is so policed and prescribed, and the way she presents herself to others is so important, that she must remember even to smile at those she dislikes. Therefore, one thesis might say that this text conveys the idea that women exist for public consumption: that they live to...

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