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Boys and Girls- Alice Munro

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Transcript of Boys and Girls- Alice Munro

Boys and Girls- Alice Munro
Narration
in first person narration we get to see events that helped change the narrator’s life without the filtration of a third person point of view.
Setting as it Relates to Character
““Like to have you meet my new hired man.” I turned away and raked furiously, red in the face with pleasure. “Could have fooled me,” said the salesman. “I thought it was only a girl.””

Character Foil
Laird foils the narrator's actions by being the opposite of her maturity and responsibility
Theme 2
Author Background
Imagery-figurative
“Alive, the foxes inhibited a world my father made for them. It was surrounded by a guard fence, like a medieval town, with a gate that was padlocked at night.”

Conflict
Character vs. Society
Following the expectations put forth by society opposed to what she wants

Symbolism
Foxes:
Represent female gender role

Theme One
Pressure of gender roles in society:
through this theme we see that all women and men come to be what their preconceived role in society is
Imagery- Sensory
“ It seemed to me that work in the house was endless, dreary, and peculiarly depressing; work done out of doors, and in my father’s service, was ritualistically important.” pg. 50
-we feel a personal connection with the hardships the narrator faces in accepting her role in society
“it showed how little my mother knew about the way things really were.” pg. 51

“It was an odd thing to see my
mother down at the barn. She did not often come out of the house unless it was to do something-hang out
the wash or dig potatoes in the garden.”(page 49)

“ “Shes only a girl,” he said. I didn’t protest that, even in my heart. Maybe it was true.” pg. 59
”Laird sang “Jingle Bells,” which he would sing any time, whether it was Christmas or not, and I sang “Danny Boy.”” pg. 46
”He had fitted a tin drum on a wheelbarrow, for bringing water down to the pens. This was my job in summer, when the foxes had to have water twice a day.” pg. 47

”What did she mean about Laird? He was no help to anybody. Where was he now? Swinging himself sick on the swing, going around in circles, or trying to catch caterpillars.” pg. 50

Social and political conditions affect the characters identity

Character Foil
Laird is used to emphasize the feminine characteristics of the narrator.
“Instead of shutting the gate, I opened it as wide as I could. I did not make any decision to do this, it was just what i did.” pg. 56

“Laird called to them, “Let me go too, let me go too!” and Henry stopped the truck and they took him in.” pg. 57

“Laird lifted his arm to show off a streak of blood. “We shot old Flora,” he said, “and cut her up in fifty pieces.”” pg. 58

“... instead someone would be rescuing me... And at this point the story concerned itself with what I looked like - how long my hair was, and what kind of dress I had on;” pg. 58

“Girls don’t slam doors like that.” “Girls keep their knees together when they sit down.”.... I continued to slam the doors and sit as awkwardly as possible, thinking that by such measures I kept myself free.” pg. 52
“I hated the hot dark kitchen” pg.50
“...worked willingly under his eyes, and with a feeling of pride” pg. 49

“... the smell of blood and animal fat, with the strong primitive odour of the fox itself, penetrated all parts of the house. I found the smell reassuringly seasonal...” pg. 45
"“Girls don’t slam doors like that.” “Girls keep their knees together when they sit down.”.... I continued to slam the doors and sit as awkwardly as possible, thinking that by such measures I kept myself free.” pg. 52
“ “Now they just skin him and cut him up,” I said. “Lets go.” My legs were a little shaky and I jumped gratefully down into the hay.” pg. 54
“Shes only a girl,” he said. I didn’t protest that, even in my heart. Maybe it was true.” pg. 59

It seemed to me at work in the house was endless, dreary and peculiarly depressing; work done out of the doors, and in my father's service was ritualistically important.
"Wait till Laird gets a little bigger, then you'll have a real help."
Coming of Age
Both genders must go through changes to transition into adulthood
Maturity:
“In the dark we lay on our beds, our narrow life rafts, and fixed our eyes on the faint light coming up the stairwell, and sang songs.” pg. 46

“We did not sing at night anymore.... There was not so much need to anyway, we were no longer afraid. We knew it was just old furniture over there, old jumble and confusion. We did not keep to the rules.” pg. 57/58
Personality:
“I rescued people from a bombed building.... I shot two rabid wolves who were menacing the schoolyard.... I rode a fine horse spiritedly down the main street of Jubilee...” pg. 47


“This time I didn’t think of watching it. That was something to see just one time.” pg. 55
“... mirror combing my hair and wondering if i would be pretty when i grew up... ” pg. 55

“Shes only a girl,” he said. I didn’t protest that, even in my heart. Maybe it was true.” pg. 59

-“odour of the fox”
and “I found it
reassuringly seasonal,
like the smell of oranges
and pine trees”
(Page 45)
Symbolism
Flora: represents narrator
Mack: represents Laird
-“I hated the hot dark kitchen”(Page 49)
"My father was a fox farmer. That is, he raised silver foxes, in pens;..." pg. 45
”my father removed the pelt inside out from the body of the fox, which looked surprisingly small, mean, and rat like,... collected in a sack and buried in the dump.” pg. 45
”it was an odd thing to see my mother down at the barn. She did not often come out for the house unless it was to do something...” pg. 49
-“We could still smell fox and hear Henry’s laugh,
but these things,
reminders of the warm safe,
brightly lit downstairs world,
seemed lost and diminished,
floating on the stale cold air upstairs.” (Page 45)
Mack & Flora
”Flora was given to fits of violent alarm.... her general air of gallantry and abandon” pg. 51
-”i continued to slam the doors and sit as awkwardly as possible, thinking that by such measures i kept myself free.” pg. 52
”there was no wild country here for her to run to, only farms” pg 57

”Mack was slow and easy to handle.” pg 51
"Mack was an old black workhorse, sooty and indifferent." pg. 51
”Laird did not know enough to tell.” pg. 55
"He seemed young and obedient again." pg. 54
wild
non-obedient
opposition
indifferent
obedient
accepting
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