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Boys & Girls-Literary Analysis

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Boys and Girls
Literary Analysis by John, Owen and Arsalan
Agenda
Plot Summary
Theme Statement
People cannot escape society's rules and prejudice so in order to grow up and be accepted people must conform to society's rules
Symbols
Mack(horse)
Flora(horse)
Pelting Industry
Foxes

Foxes
Represents society
Imagery
"When [the narrator] was bringing [the foxes] their water they prowled up and down on the paths they had made inside their pens, barking seldom — they saved that for nighttimes, when they might get up a chorus of community frenzy--but always watching [her], their eyes burning, clear gold, in their pointed, malevolent faces." (48)
"Alive, the foxes inhabited a world [the narrator's] father made for them. It was surrounded by a high guard fence, like a medieval town, with a gate that was padlocked at night."(47)
Pelting Industry
Metaphor
"Alive, the foxes inhabited a world my father made for them. It was surrounded by a high guard fence, like a medieval town, with a gate that was padlocked at night."
"[Her] father removed the pelt inside-out from the body of the fox, which looked surprisingly small, mean, and rat-like, deprived of its arrogant weight of fur."(45)
Represents a man's world in which the narrator is not welcome
Simile
"[The fox pen] was surrounded by a high guard fence, like a medieval town, with a gate that was padlocked at night."(47)
Mack(Horse)
Represents innocence
Imagery
"Mack was an old black workhorse, sooty and indifferent."(51)
Flora(Horse)
Represents childhood rebellion
Imagery
"Henry was walking away from Mack too, but sideways, still negligently holding on to the halter. [The narrator's] father raised the gun and Mack looked up as if he had noticed something and [her]father shot him."(54)
"...Flora trotted up and down and reared at the fences, clattering her hooves against the rails"(52)
"Flora threw up her head, rolled her eyes, whinnied despairingly, and pulled herself through a crisis of nerves on the spot. It was not safe to go into her stall, she would kick. "(51)
Personification
Dramatic Irony
"Oh, there's no more work, for poor Uncle Ned, he's gone where the good darkies go.Mack's thick, blackish tongue worked diligently at Laird’s hand."(53)
Situational Irony
"Instead of shutting the gate, [the narrator] opened it as wide as [she] could. [She] did not make any decision to do this; it was just what [she] did. Flora never slowed down; she galloped straight past..."(56)
"Along the streets of this town were ranged large, sturdy pens. Each of them had a real door that a man could go through..."(47)
Tone
One time a feed salesman came down into the pens to talk to him and my father said, "Like to have you meet my new hired hand." I turned away and raked furiously, red in the face with pleasure.
"Could of fooled me," said the salesman. "I thought it was only a girl." (49)
"Wait till Laird gets a little bigger, than [the father will] have a real help." (50)
"And then [the mother] can use her more in the house...[the mother] just get [her] backed turned and she runs off. Its not like [the mother has] a girl in the family at all." (50)
" Girls don't slam doors like that...Girls keep their knees together when they sit down." (52)
"Standing in front of the mirror combing [her] hair and wondering if [she] would be pretty when [she] grew up." (54)
" Instead of shutting the gate, [the narrator] opened it as wide as [she] could. [She] did not make any decision to do this, it was just what [she] did." (56)

"[The narrator] had never disobeyed [her] father before, and [she] could not understand why [she] had done it." (57)
"...somebody would rescue [the narrator]. It might be a boy from [her] class at school, or even Mr. Campbell [her] teacher, who tickled girls under their arms." (58)
" She could of shut the gate and she didn't. She just open' it up and Flora run out." (58)

"Never mind...She's only a girl."(59)
Setting
Temporal
Physical
Social
Intangible


"Alice Munro was born in 1931....in South West Ontario." (44)

" The winter [the narrator] was eleven years old..." (51)

"After the war the farmers were buying tractors..."(51)
[The narrator] was given jobs to do and [she] would sit at the table peeling peaches that had been soaked in hot water, or cutting up onions, [her] eyes smarting and streaming." (49)

"She loved [the narrator]...but she was also [her] enemy."(50)

"She was plotting now to get [the narrator] to stay in the house more, although she knew [the narrator] hated it..."(50)

"Could have fooled [the salesman]...[the salesman] thought it was only a girl."(49)
Overview-John
Plot and Setting-Owen
Characterization and Point of View-Arsalan
Literary Devices-John
Conclusion-Owen
Point of View
First Person
-This allows the narrator's thoughts and opinions to be vocalized easily
Characterization
Narrator
Final Thoughts
Physical Appearance and Name
Reactions to Narrator
Parents- "[Her] father did not talk to [her] unless it was about the job we were doing... mother... would tell [her] all sorts of things"(48)

Mother-"It's not like [the mother] had a girl in the family at all."(50)
Actions
Private Thoughts
-"took place in a world that was... [the narrator's],yet... opportunities for courage, boldness and self sacrifice, as mine never did"(47)
-"[The narrator] had the real watering can, [her] father's, though [she] could only carry it three-quarters full".(48)

-"[The narrator] continued to slam the doors and sit as awkwardly as possible thinking that by such measures [she] kept myself free"(52)

-"[the narrator's] mother,[she] felt was not to be trusted... she loved [the narrator].. but she was [the narrator's] enemy... and keep me from working for my father".(50)
Retelling
-Narrator is more mature and allows her to analyze events from her past
Grandmother- "Girls don't slam doors like that... Girls keep their knees together when they sit down and...when...asked... questions; that's none of girls business"(52)

Father-"She's only a girl" (59)
Imagery

-"[The narrator] was given jobs to do and [she] would sit at the table peeling peaches that had been soaked in hot water, or cutting up onions, my eyes smarting and streaming"(49)

-"She's crying"(59)
Takes Place After WW2:
Seasons
Fall- Represents change
Spring-Represents birth/renewal
Winter-Represents stagnation
"...when snowdrifts curled around [the] house like sleeping whales and the wind harassed [the family] all night"
"[She]walked on stubble in the earlier evening aware of the reddening skies, on entering silence of fall"
When spring came, the horses were let out in the barnyard.
"Nobody but [her] father ever went into the pens..."(48)

"Wait till laird gets a little bigger, than [the father will] have a real help." (50)


Men's Roles:

Women's Roles:
"After the war the farmers were buying tractors..."(51)

Economic Rebound:
The story takes place outside a small town named Jubilee on the family's farmland
"...went into Jubilee to see a show..."(55)
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