Why does Jamaica Kincaid repeat ideas in "Girl"?

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The steam-of-consciousness narrative method that Jamaica Kincaid uses in “Girl” is meant to represent the ongoing presentation of ideas that the unnamed speaker offers to the girl; the reader assumes that the two characters are mother and daughter respectively. The author may be indicating that the “action” is occurring in real time, with the daughter hearing but not really listening to her mother’s advice. It is equally likely however, that the narrative constitutes the girl’s memory of the advice her mother gave her. In either case, the ideas that are spoken the most frequently are the ones that the mother emphasized. Perhaps the daughter follows, or followed, her advice; perhaps she recalls important advice that she failed to follow, and she now misses the words she once took for granted.

The story “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid centers on a mother to daughter talk.  The author grew up in Antigua but is now an American citizen.  This guidance seems to be for an Antiguan...

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