“I Believe This Is Why We Rebel”
Jamaica Kincaid’s story “Girl” allows us to see the strict and demanding tone most caribbean mothers uses towards their female children. Most mothers are old fashion and doesn’t believe in change and a woman should be a certain way because that’s how they were raised in their days. Kincaid uses a strong commanding tone to capture the reader’s attention.
The theme in “Girl” is that a woman should be domestic and should behave a certain way and things should be done the right way. But the right way might not be the mothers way. This story is reinforcing that a woman’s place is at home. The mothers strict instruction of where and when to wash and out the clothes”Wash the white clothes on Monday and put them on a stone heap;wash the color clothes on Tuesday and out them on the clothesline to dry” (320). The mother tells the daughter how things are to be done.