Tone, Theme And Irony In Jamaica Kincaid's Girl

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“A Rose For Emily” by William Faulkner is about an old woman who was rich and wealthy until her father died and supposedly left her all of his money and wealth, the mayor of the town feels bad for her and convinces her that she doesn’t have to pay any taxes on her house, the community gets upset over it. Emily is a monument in her town and everyone in the town follows the same old tradition because Emily is a big influence in the town. The story “Girl’ by Jamaica Kincaid is about a mother trying to teach her daughter how to be a fine young woman, giving her lessons on how to do everyday things such as cleaning, cooking also on how to walk and talk to people respectfully. Both these stories are different in many ways the tone, theme and Irony are very different in both stories.…show more content…
It’s based on traditions that are old and they are stuck in time and don’t seem to go away until she passes away. For example like when the narrator says “Alive, Miss Emily had been a tradition, a duty, and a care’ a sort of hereditary obligation upon the town...(516) Emily is like a living monument that lives in her own little world and goes by her own rules, she is stubborn and dosen’t listen to what anyone has to say. The story “Girl” has an opposite theme because the mother in the story goes by all society’s rules and is trying to get her daughter to become a fine young lady, by doing things the right way such as cleaning, cooking, and how to talk to people. For example like when mother says “this is how you set a table for tea; this is how you set a table for dinner; this is how you set a table for dinner with an important guest…”

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