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Boys and Girls- Alice Munro

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Transcript of Boys and Girls- Alice Munro

SETTING
They make pelts for a living and often sell them to the Hudson Bay Company or the Montreal Fur Traders

We would assume they live in an Acreage or a small farm during 1920s. “It was an odd thing to see my mother at a barn.”-page 508.


POV/NARRATION
First person view-The daughter. She is the one telling the story.

Story is told through a year perspective; they start in spring and end in spring.
CHARACTERS
Laird- younger brother
Antagonist
. His name means
lord
. This symbolizes the imbalance of
equality
between men and women and how men are to be the
superior
-working outdoors, while the ladies had more
traditional
and worked indoors.
SYMBOLISM
Flora-represents freedom: daughter releases flora but, it is also perceived as her who wants to be freed.


THEMES AND MOTIFS
Sexism
CHARACTERS
Father-
Reserved
personality. He loves and appreciates his family but does not really show it.
Boys and Girls- Alice Munro
“My grandmother came to stay with us for a few weeks and I heard other things.” “Girls don’t slam doors like that, Girls keep their knees together when they sit," and worst still, when I ask them questions, “that’s none of girls business.”-page 510
Henry Bailey/ Entertainer- Has troubles in his lungs and is also like an
uncle
figure to the kids.
"We admired his for this performance and for his ability to make his stomach growl at will, and for his laughter, which was full of high whistling and gurgling...”-page 505
“My father was a fox farmer.”-page 504
“My father was tirelessly inventive and his favorite book was Robinson Crusoe.” page 507
“Whatever thoughts and stories my father had, were private.”-507

Narrator-
Protagonist
Mother
- Everything the daughter does not want to be.
"My
enemy
."
Mack- represents old age. Once you are not capable of doing anything, you are waste and therefore killed.
Equality
Stereotyping
SYMBOLISM
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