Where Do I Belong?

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Where Do I Belong?
“Boys and Girls,” written by Alice Munro, follows a young girl growing up on a farm and struggling to be her own person while meeting the expectations of her parents. She has a younger brother named Laird, whom she is often compared to. She spends lots of time helping her father in the barn, even though her mother really wants her in the house doing more feminine chores. The emphasis on girl’s vs boy’s chores, plays a major role in the story and how the children are treated. Gender roles or stereotypes make writing more interesting and make stories captivating by relating to everyday life allowing the reader to place themselves into the story. Gender roles factor in everyday life and even without knowing how much if effects children, society places the gender labels on everything.
Gender roles have become a major influence in households, workplaces, and almost everywhere. The norm for what a male should do and say differs from what a female should do and say. Society has placed these roles on children and adults. Sometimes society places the idea of men’s work versus women’s work on children without realizing the effects it may have. Age also becomes a contributing factor in jobs, actions, and what language is acceptable. Girls are allowed to do certain jobs until the boys are old enough and vice versa. Munro does a great job illustrating how hard it is to accept and understand gender roles and age specific behaviors. Munro uses character, symbolism, and

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