Girl Study Guide

Girl

Girl by Jamaica Kincaid

Girl is a 1978 poem by Jamaica Kincaid. The poem is a long list of advice from a mother to a daughter with occasional retorts from the daughter. The mother's advice is a long list of how to complete mostly domestic tasks and not appear "like the slut you are so bent on becoming." The voice of the mother, channeling an endless script of social conformity and propriety drowns out the voice of the young daughter.

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