In our AP Literature class we were asked to write a Literary Selfie on “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid and this is what I came up with.
I want to say no but I can’t. Life is unfair so deal with it, you must do what I say for your own good. Stop questioning everything–I didn’t question anyone. No men will want a woman who can’t cook, clean, and wash. Now wash the dishes. Why aren’t they helping, why do I have to do everything for them? They are boys and you must act like una señorita decente. It looks bad when you try to be a rebelde and it makes me look bad. Be more feminine! Why are you wearing those baggy pants!? fix your hair and try to look decent no one is going to want a fodonga like you. This is how you iron and sew. This is how to make tea. Listen! You never mix whites and colored clothes. Chores come first then your homework! You must know how to sweep and mop. You always Iron double-thickness fabric on the inside first, then on the outside. Can I go play? Will that help you in life? Now help me fold the clothes. As the older one you must set the example and help me the most. If you can’t make a pot of pinto beans then that makes you a fracasada. You must sit like a lady and act like one. sit like a statue? And act like a marionette? Be serious for once! this silliness won’t take you anywhere in life. What about school? That’s important but this goes first, It is important that you know how to act like a lady and do well in school. Will you teach them how to act like gentlemen? Stop questioning me. You must know how to clean the stove. After School you must come home right away. Stop running around you’re going to get yourself dirty, don’t play matatenas you are not a boy. Don’t wear bright colors and a lot of makeup it will make you look like a slut. You must know how to bake pan de elote. You must stop trying to change, this is the way life has been for many years, you’re a girl and you must act like one. Why?Tags: Fremont High School Jamaica Kincaid Literary Selfie
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