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Mother-Daughter Conflict and Social Assimilation in Girl by Jamaica Kincaid

Social values held to be important in human society are effectively
portrayed in literature.Through literary works, individuals/writers are
able to express their subjective interpretations of life and social reality
as they experience it.Literature as the mirror of social reality is
explicitly expressed in the literary work, Girl by Jamaica Kincaid.This
literary work illustrate literature as a medium through which Kincaid was
able to express her views about the values and norms imposed on women by
the society, and sometimes, their own community and social group as well.
In Girl, the theme of conflicts between a mother and her daughter and
traditional and Western or modern values are portrayed by Kincaid’s
effective illustration of her relationship with her mother.Jamaica
Kincaid, a contemporary American Caribbean writer, illustrates in her work
the dynamics of human relationships among immigrants trying to assimilate
with the dominantly Westernized English society.Written in 1978, Kincaid
details in her short narrative, Girl, issues that the protagonist (or
Kincaid) experiences as she and her mother’s values clash against each
other.In the narrative, the author enumerates the arguments, or facts of
life, that her mother uses to her daughter in order to Kincaid to follow
her mother’s orders, especially when it comes to assuming the role and
behavior that she must conduct in public.As the two begin their argument
for and against Western culture, norms, and values, fallacies are evident,
where the mother’s arguments are usually grounded on beliefs that have no
concrete or rational basis.This paper looks at the fallacies, ideologies
that were illustrated in Girl to show superiority of Western culture (as
portrayed by the mother) as both characters try to adjust and assimilate
within their new modern English society.
Thefirst theme that emerges in the st…

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