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The Comparison of the Position of Women in Girl, by Jamaica Kincaid, and The Werewolf, by Angela Carter

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The Comparison of the Position of Women in "Girl," by Jamaica Kincaid, and "The Werewolf," by Angela Carter. Both "Girl," by Jamaica Kincaid, and "The Werewolf," by Angela Carter are the stories concerning about women position; therefore, in this essay, I am going to illustrate the position of women in these two stories according to two points of view: the individual point of view and the social point of view to work out the point that although there are some differences between the position of women in these two stories, but the similarity outweigh the differences, they are the lowest ones in the society. Firstly, if standing on the point of view of the young girls in the stories, which is the individual view, we can see the girl in "Werewolf" has a stronger position comparing with the position of the girl in "Girl". To illustrate this point, my first reason is that what they need to face is totally different, the girl in "Girl" has a traditional woman-liked position; she needs to learn washing clothes, cooking, sewing, ironing, housekeeping, and also behaving like a lady. What her mother tells her to do prepares her to be a perfect, sweet and traditional woman and wife. In the story, her mother says "don't squat down to play marbles---you are not a boy" (523) and "on Sundays try to walk like a lady and not like the slut you are so bent on becoming" (523), which attribute to the traditional woman-liked position of the girl in "Girl". ...read more.

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Secondly, I will use the social point of view to illustrate the similarity between the women in "Girl" and "Werewolf" to give you a big impact that actually both the positions of the women in the societies are quite low. In "Girl", as we know, the mother keeps telling her daughter what should do and what shouldn't do, which I think can show the obedience of the girl. Besides, let us think about why the mother keeps teaching her daughter? It's because the women in that society have a very low and unnoticed position; therefore, the mother thinks that being a perfect woman and wife is the best way to suit in that society and it's the reason why her daughter is so obedient to her mother, as her mother is so obedient to the society. Furthermore, the mother follows what the society demands her to do, just as what she tells her daughter to do so, to be the low class in the society, what women should do is to know how to cook, wash, housekeep, shop, and so on. It seems to me that that society is controlling the fate of women, and in a narrower part, the control can be seen between different generations, it is a circle and it helps the society to keep controlling women, it never stops. In "Werewolf", we can also see the low and unnoticed position of women in the society. ...read more.

Conclusion

It controls everything, no matter what you do, you can't be the winner and this causes the very low and obedient position of women in the society. To conclude my second point of view, I think both the positions of women in these two stories are very low and unnoticed. I have to emphasis that in "Werewolf", the significance focuses on the old women while in "Girl", the significance focuses on all the women. Furthermore, we can know more in these two stories, which is that their positions are like a circle, never stop, from one generation to another one. To conclude all of my points, although there are some differences between the positions the young girls in these two story, I think the difference is the way the author of "Girl" wants to make her story unconventional, although the girl in "Girl" has a heroic image in the society where woman is unnoticed, it doesn't mean that the girl wants to fight against the society, it is just a unique characteristic in "Girl". Therefore, I don't consider we can see the real position of woman in "Girl" by the position of the young girl, which means that the individual point of view is a way to show the individual positions in these stories. My idea is that I think the social point of view is more important than the individual point, which means that the similarity outweighs the difference. The position of women in these stories is very low and unnoticed. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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