Jamaica Kincaid

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Bread is a cheap, wholesome food that is integrated into the routines and comforts of family life. In this story, the girl’s ability or inability to “feel the bread” symbolizes her perceived fitness or unfitness…

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“Slut” and “lady” are the narrative’s two descriptors of the kind of woman the girl could become. This contrast suggests that there are only two modes of being a woman, and though Mother’s instructions are…

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