Girls And Girls By Alice Munro

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Throughout the course of time, roles in our society towards gender has evolved. In the story Boys and Girls by Alice Munro relatively has a direct message which is the constant battle of gender stereotypes. The audience is reading through the point of view of the main character, which is a girl, and her frustration she feels. Through the young girl’s experience, Alice Munro is able to show the readers the role of stereotypes or expectations that a female has to fulfill. The main character’s mother believes that the girl is best fit in the kitchen aiding her because she is a female. When her mother comes in the barn, she tell her father “and then I can use her more in the house” and goes on to say “I just get my back turned and she runs off. It’s not like I had a girl in the family at all” (Munro 143). Her mother makes this statement because she is frustrated by her daughter actions. She wants her daughter to act similar to a “girl” and help her in the kitchen instead of doing “male” work. From the secondary source entitled Penning in the Bodies: The Construction of Gendered Subjects in Alice Munro 's 'Boys and Girls ' by Marlene Goldman she explains the mother behavior in detailed in this part of the story. “Similarly, her mother 's behaviour is interpreted, not as an expression of frustration and disappointment, or loneliness, but as a manifestation of innate wickedness and petty tyranny” (Goldman). Goldman explains that the mother tactics that are used of getting her

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