Girls And Girls By Alice Munro

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Boys and Girls, written by Alice Munro in 1931, is a short story that discusses the journey of a girl who transcends the concept of gender roles in her youth by believing herself to be characterized by not her gender, but instead her interests, capabilities, and responsibilities in regard to her support in running her father’s fox farming business at home. Throughout the story, the nameless narrator supplies the reader with a multitude of details that explain and explore the social constraints of gender for young girls; instead of abiding by them, the narrator opposes them with vigor for the majority of her childhood. Munro strategically introduces Flora, a mare who matches the intensity of attitude and self-presentation to that of the narrator in order to represent the resilience of the young narrator’s independence in her journey to defy the social constraints imposed on young women during a lifetime. Flora exists as a comparison. The narrator, a young girl at the age 10, opens the story in a direct manor, utilizing a matter-of-fact tone that transcends her gender, implying herself to lack the feminine development commonly seen in young girls: “my father was a fox farmer. That is, he raised silver foxes, in pens; and in the fall and early winter, when their fur was prime, he killed them and skinned them and sold their pelts…” (Munro 137). Her voice and tone is primarily how she is characterized as well as her active and voluntary involvement in her father’s fox farming
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