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Boys and Girls by Alice Munro - Society tries to place many rules upon an individual as to what is acceptable and what is not . One must decide for themselves whether to give in to these pressures and conform to society’s projected image, or rather to resist and maintain their own desired self image. In the story “Boys and Girls” by Alice Munro, Munro suggests that this conflict is internal and external and a persons experiences in life will determine which of these forces will conquer. In terms of the unnamed protagonist’s experiences in the story, it becomes clear just how strong the pressure of society to conform really is, as it overcomes and replaces the girl’s self image....   [tags: Boys and Girls, Alice Munro] 829 words
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An Examination of Royal Beatings by Alice Munro - It has been said of Anton Chekhov, the renown Russian short-story writer, that in all of his “work, there is never exactly a point. Rather we see into someone’s hear – in just a few pages, the curtain concealing these lives has been drawn back, revealing them in all their helplessness and rage and rancor.” Alice Munro, too, falls into this category. Many of her short-stories, such as “Royal Beatings” focus more on character revelation rather than plot. That is not to say that nothing happens in Munro’s short-stories....   [tags: Royal Beatings, Alice Munro] 894 words
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Coming of Age in Alice Munro’s "Boys and Girls" - In Alice Munro’s “Boys and Girls,” there is a time line in a young girl’s life when she leaves childhood and its freedoms behind to become a woman. The story depicts hardships in which the protagonist and her younger brother, Laird, experience in order to find their own rite of passage. The main character, who is nameless, faces difficulties and implications on her way to womanhood because of gender stereotyping. Initially, she tries to prevent her initiation into womanhood by resisting her parent’s efforts to make her more “lady-like”....   [tags: Boys and Girls, Alice Munro] 1071 words
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Alice Munro’s short story, Boys and Girls - A women’s place is in the kitchen, cooking dinner or cleaning. These words will certainly provoke some strong emotions if spoken today, but forty or fifty years ago this was considered an acceptable social norm. Alice Munro’s short story, “Boys and Girls”, examines the life of a young girl, and chronicles the effect that her parents, the influence of friends and family, and key events in her childhood, have on her transformation into a young woman. As children grow, they learn the majority of their behaviors and how to carry themselves from the first teachers they encounter, which in most cases are their parents....   [tags: alice munro, feminism, girls role]
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Red Dress by Alice Munro - "Red Dress" by Alice Munro The short story "Red Dress" by Alice Munro is about a young girl's first high school dance. Her home and school environment determined her attitude towards the dance.This girl's home life was bad. She was constantly put down mentally by her mother, even in front of her friend Lonnie, to the point that the narrator envied Lonnie on account that her mother died and she lived alone with her father. "'I doubt if she appreciates it.' She enraged me, talking like this to Lonnie, as if Lonnie were grown up and I were still a child." Her mother was obscene in the house; the description that is given would make one sick....   [tags: Red Dress Alice Munro] 414 words
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Alice Munro's Boys and Girls - Alice Munro's Boys and Girls In Alice Munro’s “Boys and Girls” she tells a story about a young girl’s resistance to womanhood in a society infested with gender roles and stereotypes. The story takes place in the 1940s on a fox farm outside of Jubilee, Ontario, Canada. During this time, women were viewed as second class citizens, but the narrator was not going to accept this position without a fight. Munro’s invention of an unnamed character symbolized the narrator’s lack of identity, compared to her younger brother, who was given the name Laird, which is a synonym for “Lord”....   [tags: Boys and Girls Alice Munro] 1063 words
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Alice Munro's Boys and Girls - Alice Munro's "Boys and Girls" Alice Munro's short story, "Boys and Girls," has a very interesting detail written into it. The narrator's brother is named Laird, which was carefully chosen by the author. Laird is a synonym for lord, which plays a important role in a story where a young girl has society's unwritten rules forced upon her. At the time of the story, society did not consider men and women equal. The name symbolized how the male child was superior in the parents' eyes and in general....   [tags: Boys and Girls, Alice Munro]
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Alice Munro's Boys and Girls - “Boys and Girls” is a short story, by Alice Munro, which illustrates a tremendous growing period into womanhood, for a young girl living on a fox farm in Canada, post World War II. The young girl slowly comes to discover her ability to control her destiny and her influences on the world. The events that took place over the course of the story helped in many ways to shape her future. From these events one can map the Protagonist’s future. The events that were drawn within the story provided the Protagonist with a foundation to become an admirable woman....   [tags: Boys and Girls, Alice Munro] 1200 words
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Hardships in Boys and Girls by Alice Munro - In her story, Boys and Girls, Alice Munro depicts the hardships and successes of the rite of passage into adulthood through her portrayal of a young narrator and her brother. Through the narrator, the subject of the profound unfairness of sex-role stereotyping, and the effect this has on the rites of passage into adulthood is presented. The protagonist in Munro's story, unidentified by a name, goes through an extreme and radical initiation into adulthood, similar to that of her younger brother....   [tags: Boys and Girls Alice Munro] 1113 words
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Awareness in Boys and Girls by Alice Munro - When children are faced with emotional events that challenge their ideas, they take another step on the road to being “grown up” as they discover their identity. The short story “Boys and Girls” written by Alice Munro illustrates this coming of age by allowing us to follow the development of a young girl. We follow the main character, who narrates the story, as she changes from beginning to end. As the story opens, the narrator acts like a care free child, not paying heed to her gender. She then begins to react strongly to the way she is treated by her family and their expectations of her young womanhood....   [tags: Boys and Girls Alice Munro] 1017 words
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Lives Of Girls And Women by Alice Munro - In The Lives of Girls and Women, the main character Del Jordan grows from a young curious child to a woman. At a young age she is very curious about her sexuality, but is forewarned by her mother to be careful about her decisions. Del's curiosity leads her into making many wrong decisions regarding men. All these wrong decisions cause her to lose everything she had worked so hard for – her goals, her dreams ruined. Del's first relationship with a man is Art Chamberlain, who works at the Jubilee radio station and is the boyfriend of Fern Dogherty, the Jordan's resident....   [tags: Alice Munro] 1458 words
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The Progress of Love by Alice Munro - The Progress of Love by Alice Munro Plot: Woman gets call at work from her father, telling her that her mother is dead. Father never got used to living alone and went into retirement home. Mother is described as very religious, Anglican, who had been saved at the age of 14. Father was also religious and had waited for the mother since he first met her....   [tags: Munro Alice Progress Love] 1590 words
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Gender Role Reevaluation in Boys and Girls by Alice Munro - Gender Role Reevaluation in Boys and Girls      Recent history boldly notes the protests and political unrest surrounding the Vietnam Conflict during the 1960s and 70s. However, equally important in this era are the women who pushed for gender role reevaluation and publicly rebelled against the established social norm of a woman's "place." Although Alice Munro may not have been burning her bra on the courthouse steps, threads of a feminist influence can be found in "Boys and Girls." Munro's main character, a girl probably modeled after Munro's own childhood experiences on an Ontario farm, faces her awakening body and the challenge of developing her social identity in a man's wor...   [tags: Boys and Girls Alice Munro]
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The Struggle for Self-Definition in Boys and Girls by Alice Munro - The Struggle for Self-Definition in Boys and Girls   When we are adolescents we see the world through our parents' eyes.  We struggle to define ourselves within their world, or to even break away from their world.  Often, the birth of our "self" is defined in a moment of truth or a moment of heightened self-awareness that is the culmination of a group of events or the result of a life crisis or struggle.  In literature we refer to this birth of "self" as an epiphany.  Alice Munro writes in "Boys and Girls" about her own battle to define herself.  She is torn between the "inside" world of her mother and the "outside" world of her father.  In the beginning her father's world prevails, but b...   [tags: Boys and Girls Alice Munro]
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Only a Girl in Boys and Girls by Alice Munro - Only a Girl in Boys and Girls Alice Munro's short story, "Boys and Girls," explores the different roles of men and women in society through a young girl's discovery of what it means to be a girl. A close examination of the elements of a short story as they are used in "Boys and Girls" helps us to understand the meaning of the story. The story is set in the 1940s, on a fox farm outside of Jubilee, a rural area only twenty miles away from the county jail. The farm is a place that reflects the ingenuity of the narrator's father....   [tags: Boys and Girls Alice Munro] 1814 words
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Gender Stereotypes in Boys and Girls by Alice Munro - In the story, 'Boys and Girls', the major theme is gender stereotypes. Through the narrator, the unfairness of sex-role stereotyping, and the negative consequences and effects this has on her passage into adulthood is presented. Also, the narrator is telling us that gender stereotyping, relationships, and a loss of innocence play an extreme role in the growing and passing into adulthood for many young children including herself. By gender stereotyping, the story is saying that there will be bad consequences on young child- ren....   [tags: Boys and Girls Alice Munro] 721 words
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The Importance of Gender in Boys and Girls by Alice Munro - The Importance of Gender in Boys and Girls   Since the beginning of time, gender roles have existed in society.  Women were assigned the tasks of child-care and food preparation.  Men performed most activities that required physical strength.  As society progressed, the role of women did not.  Although less emphasis is placed on gender roles today, gender roles still exist. In 1968, Alice Munro wrote, "Boys and Girls" to address the confusion that gender roles may cause in a modern society. "Boys and Girls" is a coming-of-age story about a young girl who is enjoying her tomboy years and is defiant about becoming a woman.  The theme in "Boys and Girls" is this transition from the childhood...   [tags: Boys and Girls Alice Munro]
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Alice Munro's Miles City, Montana - Alice Munro's Miles City, Montana The monotony of life has waged war against the narrator in Alice Munro’s “Miles City, Montana.” The author depicts the narrator as a brittle woman in search of a personal identity among a community of conformity. This battle between domestic responsibility and personal satisfaction reeks havoc on the soldier of this mother and wife. Munro is a master of characterization, and through the protagonist she depicts the complexities of human nature. Now, as the family of four travels across the continent, the narrator is able to slough off all the obligations which society has dumped on her....   [tags: Alice Munro Miles City, Montana Essays] 398 words
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Maturity and Self-Identity in Munro’s Boys and Girls by Alice Munro - Maturity and Self-Identity in Munro’s Boys and Girls        In Alice Munro’s story "Boys and Girls" the main character/narrator disobeys her father without her father knowing. She does this because she is starting to become her own person. Her maturity and capability to make her own decisions are pointed out distinctively as the story develops. Therefore she continued to do little things against the beliefs of her family, because as she said, "I kept myself free" (1008). You can tell that she was an outcast from the rest of her family, due to the fact that she did not act like a girl as her grandmother continued to try and point out to her....   [tags: Boys and Girls Alice Munro]
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Analysis of Alice Munro's How I Met My Husband - Analysis of Alice Munro's "How I Met My Husband" "All of it is clear to a person who has understanding and right to those who have acquired knowledge." (Proverbs 8:6-9) Alice Munro gives a good example of the meaning of this in her story "How I Met My Husband". The theme of this story is under certain circumstances people can sometimes be blind to the truth. The main character, Edie, provides the narration of the story from a first person point of view. She tells her story based on an event from her past....   [tags: Alice Munro Essays] 779 words
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Growing Up in Araby by James Joyce and Boys and Girls by Alice Munro - Growing Up in Araby by James Joyce and Boys and Girls by Alice Munro In the stories “Araby” by James Joyce, and “Boys and Girls” by Alice Munro, there is a common theme of growing up. In both of these stories the characters came to a realization of who they were and what they wanted to be. They both are of the age when reality strikes and priorities take on meaning. The characters in both stories evolve through rites of passage but the way in which these revolutions occur differ with each character....   [tags: Boys and Girls, Alice Munro] 972 words
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Social Pressures in Willa Cather's Pauls Case and Alice Munro's Boys and Girls - Ambition—the desire to achieve, will to succeed. Every character is defined by his dreams, his goals, and his passions. As individuals, we are confronted with social codes and implications that cause us to revolt and break free from the grasp of uniformity. Oftentimes dreams and ambitions clash with the unwritten laws of civilization. In Willa Cather’s short fiction “Paul’s Case” and Alice Munro’s “Boys and Girls”, the protagonists challenge expectations and rebel against settings governed by uniformity and gender-specific roles....   [tags: Boys and Girls Alice Munro] 1031 words
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Journey Motif in Boys and Girls by Alice Munro - Alice Munros Journey Motif in Boys and Girls Many short stories are recognized as milestones in the development of modern realist fiction. “Boys and Girls” is a short story that evokes a realistic rather than romantic view of a girl’s journey towards finding herself. This short story includes the fight for her gender, and her struggle with her identity. Also, in addition to these two defining aspects, this short story contains the realistic account of who and what she is to become. Clearly one of the main themes evident in this short story, the battle with her identity and gender is quickly made apparent....   [tags: Boys and Girls, Alice Munro]
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The Found Boat by Alice Munro - ... Eva and Carol are the protagonists of the story, while Frank, Bud, and Clayton are the antagonists. Eva and Carol were the friends that initially found the boat. “ It was a boat or part of one. Old rowboats with most on one side ripped out, the board that had been the seat just dangling. It was pushed up among the branches, lying on what would have been its side, if it had a side, the prow caught high” (355). The boys are the ones that took it upon themselves to take the boat home and to repair it....   [tags: teenagers, freedom] 621 words
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Deep Holes by Alice Munro - ... Alex represents the status quo in society, he is conventional and structured. His views are black or white, and has little patience for those who are driven by emotion instead of logic, such as his wife. He doesn’t understand the point of imagining places that can be researched online, hence his comment about searching the internet, when Sally finally reveals her interest in exploring remote islands (105). Sally's loneliness is a product of her relationship with Alex, in order to be the wife that Alex expects her to be she needs to suppress her free-spirited nature, this is often the scenario for the artist....   [tags: feelings, relationship] 880 words
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Gravel by Alice Munro - ... Afterwards in a different scene of the story, Neal fails to attend the funeral of Caro, which could be for many different reasons. I feel like this is because of maybe regret or a bad feeling of not responding to Caro’s call for help. It could also exhibit the mother and Neal have shown throughout the story almost a sense of neglect or carelessness sometimes about the consequences of their actions (Reading on Cloud 9). The final scenes of the story were kind of disturbing to me. The mother discovers that Neal lives close nearby to her, and her partner Ruthann persuades her to go give Neal a visit to clear the distraught from her head....   [tags: story analysis] 843 words
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Alice Munro Open Secrets The A - ALICE MUNRO’S THE ALBANIAN VIRGIN IN OPEN SECRETS EXEMPLIES HER CHARACTERISTIC APPROACH To try to trace Alice Munro’s narrative techniques to any particular development in the short story The Albanian Virgin would be difficult. This could be because it is simply written from careful observations as are many of her other short stories. In her short stories, it is as though she tries to transform a common, ordinary world into something that is unsettling and mysterious as was seen in Vandals....   [tags: essays research papers] 1477 words
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The Immanences of Our Daily Lives- A Study of Alice Munro - “Munro’s people are the immanences of our daily lives” (Bloom 2). This quotation, written by Harold Bloom, American literary critic, captures the essence of Alice Munro’s work splendidly. Munro does not aim to be a great literary hero, though she is, but rather to write about life as it is. Her work is naturalistic, one of the greatest appeals of her writing. Through that naturalism, Munro writes of ordinary sorrow, ordinary love, and ordinary passion. Nothing is meant to transcend the human existence, but rather exist in harmony with that existence....   [tags: humanity, american literature]
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The Writing of Alice Munro - Alice Munro Writing can often be considered a reflection. Sometimes authors resonate on certain experiences or aspects of their life, and express them through the art of writing. Alice Munro, a renowned short-story author, creatively displays this technique. It is important to first understand that Munro is a writer of fiction, yet her writing has chronologically progressed through situations and experiences in her own life. Being a Canadian native, Munro is often compared to great Southern writers such as Faulkner and OíConnor due to her ability to place her characters in confrontation with tradition....   [tags: Authors]
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Alice Munro – A Master of Canadian Short Story - Introduction: All of us have read or heard many stories. They may be funny, sad, interesting or the other perceptions of man. The main elements of a short story consist of plot, characterisation, narrative technique, theme, tone, language, setting and atmosphere. The short story in Canada really developed in the late 19th century. Making a slow start in the 1830s, it picked up in the mid-nineteenth century when newspapers and magazines gave a fillip to its publication. A question often asked is what makes a short story specifically Canadian....   [tags: Canadian literature, female authors]
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How I Met My Husband by Alice Munro - Unexpected alterations occur in everyone’s life. While one anticipates something to happen, adulthood changes the plan ahead. These unexpected turns have a name: irony. Consequently, ironic situations are just a part of growing up. Likewise, Alice Munro has masterly presented life’s irony. Her short stories explore the social realism of rural towns as well as practical reality. They are intellectually complex with well round engaging characters entangled within an interesting plot line. Most importantly, the guided principle to her stories is surprise....   [tags: ironic situations, life, ]
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Gender Discrimination in Boys and Girls by Alice Munro - ... However, “staying in the house [and doing chores with her mother]...she hated” (Munro). She willingly worked for her father, and for her mother she did as well but detested the “work in the house [because it] was endless, dreary and peculiarly depressing” (Munro). The girl is mannered to help around the house because she aware that it is her parents domain. Nevertheless, when the little girl is alone, with no supervision of her parents, she is autonomous where she is obedient to herself, and disobedient towards mother and father....   [tags: Equality, Disobedience, Family] 947 words
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Gender Roles in Alice Munro’s Boys and Girls - In Alice Munro’s short story “Boys and Girls,” our narrator is a young farm girl on the verge of puberty who is learning what it means to be a “girl.” The story shows the differing gender roles of boys and girls – specifically that women are the weaker, more emotional sex – by showing how the adults of the story expect the children to grow into their respective roles as a girl and a boy, and how the children grow up and ultimately begin to fulfill these roles, making the transition from being “children” to being “young adults.” The adults in the story expect the children to grow into the gender role that their sex has assigned to them....   [tags: Boys and Girls Essays]
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Analysis: Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro - Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning and also the basis of education. Curiosity had killed the cat indeed, however the cat died nobly. Lives of Girls and Women is a novel written by Nobel Prize Literature winner, Alice Munro. This novel is about a young girl, Del Jordan, who lives on Flats Road, Ontario. The novel is divided into eight chapters; and each chapter refers to a new, unique event in Del's life. As an overall analysis of the book reveals that Del Jordan's intriguing curiosity has helped her throughout her life, and enabled her to gain further knowledge The character is often seen in scenarios where her attention is captivated, and through the process of learning she acq...   [tags: curiosity, del jordan, benny]
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Gender Roles in Alice Munro’s Boys and Girls - Whether it is the past or the present, there have always been gender roles in society. In most homes, it is the woman’s responsibility to take care of the house. This includes cleaning, meal preparations, raising and taking care of the children as well as the husband. Compared to the men who take care of the more physical activities, such as yard work. It was known throughout many years that it was a woman’s responsibility to stay in the house while the man would go out and look for work to provide money for his family....   [tags: Boys and Girls Essays] 1473 words
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Alice Munro - Alice Munro Alice Munro’s fiction receives its strength from her vivid sense of regional focus, the majority of her stories take place in Huron County, Ontario, and through the sense of her narrators she illuminates and gives personal significance to each story. Many of Munro’s themes are centered around adolescent girls dealing with the ideas of loving, growing up, and losing innocence in a small town. Munro steps away from the adolescent girl and in her most recent work focuses on problems of the middle aged, such as women alone and those of the elderly....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Review of Hired Girl by Alice Munro - Moving is an emotional event that everyone experiences at one time or another in their life. Nevertheless, visualize yourself moving to a new place to live with people you are not familiar with. How frightened are you at this moment. To intensify it all, you are hesitant of how things will work out and soon come to terms that it's not enjoyable task. In Elsa's case in the short story "Hired Girl" by Alice Munro she was not treated like a human being, given any respect, or compassion what so ever....   [tags: Book Reviews] 741 words
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Hardship of a Girl in a Man's Society in Alice Monroe's Short Story, Boys and Girls - Boys and girls, the struggle of self-definition From Early history, we have seen gender roles being displayed in a society. As villages were created, a more stable environment was formed, making it easier to start a family. Naturally the women became homebound; taking care of their children and preparing food, while the men went out to hunt and participate in other physically demanding jobs. Gradually these roles became more defined but as societies progressed, the role of women did not. “Boys and Girls”, written by Alice Monroe is a short story which displays the hardship of a girl in a man’s society....   [tags: Boys and Girls Alice Munro] 472 words
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Lives of Girls and Women: Curiosity by Alice Munro - The process in which human beings advance through different stages in their life towards adulthood is highly hellacious. Moreover, it is very likely that one might encounter some difficulty in this progression. However, it is in human nature that we learn by failing at things, then mastering them by repeating them again and again. In the novel Lives of Girls and Women, Alice Munroe presents the life of Del Jordan in a very interesting way. The novel is divided into eight stages of Del’s life, where she experiences different scenarios which ultimately give her a better understanding of life....   [tags: del jordan, curious]
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Alice Munro’s Boys and Girls and John Steinbeck’s The Chrysanthemums - The difference between men and women is a very controversial issue, while there are obviously physical differences; the problem is how the genders are treated. It is stereotypically thought that the men do the labor work and make all the money, while the women stay in the house, cooking, cleaning and taking care of the children. While this stereotype does not exist as much in the 21st century, it was very prevalent in the 1900s. By using many different literary tools such as character development, symbolism, and setting, Alice Munro’s Boys and Girls and John Steinbeck’s The Chrysanthemums challenge this controversial topic of the treatment of women versus men in the 1900s....   [tags: Boys and Girls, The Chrysanthemums] 1440 words
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Contrasting Interactions with the Environment Depicted in Alice Munro's The Shining Houses - How is our character revealed through our interaction with the natural world around us. Do we adapt to fit in with nature, or do we force the landscape to conform to our ideals of lifestyle. In the short story “The Shining Houses”, Alice Munro addresses the contrast in lifestyle ideologies between two generations through their interactions with the natural environment they populate. The older generation is content to live in harmony with the existing natural world and develop its infrastructure amongst the present landscape....   [tags: The Shining Houses] 677 words
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Declaration of Sentiments by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Boys and Girls by Alice Munro - From the beginning of recorded history women have endured struggles and conflicts whenever they attempted to be in control of decisions that would change their lives. Men were the strong leaders and warriors, while women were the homemakers. This division of labor in family and community resulted in men having control over women’s actions. In history there were exceptional women, like Susan B. Anthony or Cleopatra, who were strong enough to disregard the cultural norms of their time and make their own decisions; but this paper is about the other girls and women....   [tags: Women Stereoypes, Expectations] 1039 words
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Fate in Miles City, Montana by Alice Munro - Fate in Miles City, Montana by Alice Munro In life no one knows their actual fate and the story "Miles City, Montana" gives a true picture of just that. In this story, we see two different times and events that take place. The first event is the death of a childhood friend and the second is an almost unexpected tragedy that makes a woman think back to the childhood catastrophe. Munro uses mostly dialog to help give the reader a description of the theme in her story. In "Miles City, Montana," Alice Munro discusses some realities of life: how drastically things can change, and how quickly and unexpectedly death can come....   [tags: Papers] 587 words
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Alice Munro's The Red Dress and The Day of The Butterfly - Alice Munro's The Red Dress and The Day of The Butterfly “The Red Dress” and “The Day of The Butterfly” are two very interesting stories, written by an exceptional Canadian author, Alice Munro. Both of these stories are well written and can be associated with what goes on in today’s society. The principal characters, human relationships, and the importance of symbolism exist, in both of these stories, strongly. There are many similarities, and also differences between the two short stories, that compare and contrast what can be viewed upon in our daily lives....   [tags: essays research papers] 596 words
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A Comprehensive Summary of Alice Munro’s Boys and Girls - A Comprehensive Summary of Alice Munro’s “Boys and Girls” Alice Munro’s “Boys and Girls” is a story about a girl that struggles against society’s ideas of how a girl should be, only to find her trapped in the ways of the world. The story starts out on a farm in the 1940’s. The narrator is a woman who is telling the first person point of view of when she was a girl. The girl’s father was a fox farmer. He was a hard working, quiet man and the girl really respected him. Every winter the father killed the foxes that he raised and sold their pelts....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1202 words
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Boys and Girls, by Alice Munro, Brother Dear, by Bernice Friensen, and A Cap for Steve, by Morley Callaghan - Dreams are something all humans share in common and they manifest the realization of our lives. They have a great influence over our essence and can provide colossal amounts of courage and strength to accomplish our greatest desires. However, when we do not have dreams to fight for our lives become meaningless and sorrowful, nevertheless this is the situation many people face throughout their lives. Broken dreams have become a popular theme among writers because a connection can be made with the theme and because there one’s truth can be faced....   [tags: Dreams, Struggles, Relationships]
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Gender Roles in Alice Munro’s "Boys and Girls" and Bobbie Ann Mason’s "Shiloh" - Up until recently, the definition of what a man or a woman should be has been defined, with boundaries, by society; males should be strong, dominant figures and in the workplace providing for their families while females should be weak and submissive, dealing with cleaning, cooking and children. Any veering away from these definitions would have disrupted the balance of culture completely. A man playing housewife was absurd, and a woman being the sole provider for the family bizarre. In Alice Munro’s short story “Boys and Girls” and Bobbie Ann Mason’s “Shiloh”, conflict arises when expectations based on gender are not fulfilled by the characters....   [tags: Boys and Girls, Shiloh] 1071 words
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Comparing Boys and Girls by Alice Munro and A Clean Well-Lighted Place by Hemingway - Importance of Foils in Boys and Girls and A Clean Well-Lighted Place A Handbook to Literature says that the word "foil" literally means a "leaf" or a sheet "of bright metal placed under a piece of jewelry to increase its brilliance" ("Foil"). Thus when applied to literature, the term refers to "a character who makes a contrast with another, especially a minor character who helps set off a major character" (Barnett et al. 1331). For example, a foolish character may place a wise character's wisdom in a stronger light, or a cowardly character may make the hero's actions appear even more courageous....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 605 words
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Spelling and Differently: Kinship, Deception and Challenges - Alice Munro's Spelling and Differently:   Kinship, Deception and Challenges              The two short stories Spelling and Differently, written by Alice Munro, deal with female relationships.  These relationships paint a vivid picture of the kinship, deception, challenges, and associations that affect friends and family as they journey through life. "Spelling" is about the relationship of two women, Rose and Flo. Although from the outset the relationship between Rose and Flo is not clear, near the end the reader has no doubt they are mother and daughter.  Munro illustrates the awkward relationship between a parent and a child and the difficult problems that face children as their parent...   [tags: Alice Munro Spelling Differently]
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Societal Pressures in Boys and Girls, Introduction to A Vindication of the Rights of Women and Barbie Doll - The societal pressures faced by women is, arguably, the main topic of Alice Munro’s short story “Boys and Girls,” Mary Wollstonecraft’s essay “Introduction to A Vindication of the Rights of Women” and Marge Piercy’s poem “Barbie Doll.” “Boys and Girls” deals with those societal pressures faced by women within both the home and family life. Alternatively, “Introduction to A Vindication of the Rights of Women” and “Barbie Doll” deal with those societal pressures faced by women in society at large....   [tags: Alice Munro, Mary Wollstonecraft, Marge Piercy]
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Comparing Female Sexuality in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and Alice Munro’s Lives of Girls and Wome - Comparing Female Sexuality in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and Alice Munro’s Lives of Girls and Women In Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and Alice Munro’s Lives of Girls and Women, Esther and Del try to take control of their sexuality and their sexual lives. These two female protagonists attempt to gain sexual confidence by quietly rejecting the societal images of women. They are able to seduce men and pilot their own sexual lives. These women are also able to ignore the popular beliefs about marriage and motherhood, thus freeing them from the traditional, restrictive female sexual roles....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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How I Met My Husband by Alex Munro - I remember reading all sorts of short stories when I was younger, learning the different lessons from the stories. The lesson of the story is basically the theme. The author uses a combination of literary elements to convey the theme. In the story “How I Met My Husband”, by Alice Munro, the theme was a little difficult to figure out. After rereading, decoding, and researching the story, I came to the conclusion that the theme is hoping for true love. I will be explaining how Munro uses plot, point of view, and symbolism to describe the theme of the story....   [tags: short story analysis] 664 words
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The Male Characters in Alice in Wonderland - It is amazing that nearly all critics of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland focused solely on the character and adventures of the female protagonist/hero. A somewhat right-wing and didactic critique at Decent Films writes, “Alice embodies the gender feminist narrative of vibrant young girls losing their mojo as they come of age in patriarchal society.” The woman’s magazine, Jezebel, while praising the movie as “refreshingly feminist” seemed to notice only that the hero who fights against the forces of evil is a woman....   [tags: Alice in Wonderland Essays]
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The Color Purple, by Alice Walker - The Color Purple by Alice Walker is an epistolary novel criticized for its immoral and sensitive issues, such as incest, rape, and physical abuse. The story takes place in the early 1900's in the South, and symbolizes the unmerciful social, emotional, and economic hardships that African American women faced. The protagonist of the story is Celie, a woman who has been abused since her youth and documents her struggles through letters written to God and eventually to her sister Nettie, who is a missionary in Africa....   [tags: literary anlysis, alice walker]
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The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold - Role Mother. Role model. Motherhood. The death of a loved one can result in a trauma where the painful experience causes a psychological scar. Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones explores the different ways in which people process grief when they lose a loved one. When young Susie Salmon is killed on her way home from school, the remaining four members of her family all deal differently with their grief. After Susie’s death, her mother, Abigail Salmon, endures the adversity of losing her daughter, her family collapsing, and accepting the loss of the life she never had the opportunity to live....   [tags: Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones] 1271 words
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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - Visualize a world where a significant person in your life died from one’s gruesome desire, where that special someone suffered and became a victim of a cruel, mysterious murder. Was the murder itself quick or was it revolting and brutal. Susie Salmon was a victim of a crime that should not be forgiven. In the novel The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, Susie’s past on earth affected people that took part in her life because the past was all that they had of her. Memories of or with Susie were treasured; however, they were also feared by the one who killed Susie’s future....   [tags: The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold]
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Go Ask Alice - Long Hard Road of Adolescence Reading through the novel, Go Ask Alice, finding out all of the unbelievable, yet true, experiences and feelings of Alice is quite shocking. No matter how shocking they may seem, you can very easily relate those experiences and feelings to those of a typical day-in and day-out teenager. Those characteristics being loneliness, a generation gap, and defiance. At the beginning of the novel, Alice finds herself to be very lonely. As like other teenagers, she goes through many emotional states that may lead to “dieting”, starving oneself, or binge eating....   [tags: alice] 428 words
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Salvador Dali and Alice In Wonderland - In 1969, Salvador Dali, a surrealist painter and admirer of Sigmund Freud, appropriated John Tenniel’s illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Often expressing the capacity of dreams and imagination, Dali and Carroll become linked together as the center of surrealist concerns. Both men create a world where logic and reality get twisted creating an alternative universe. Dali’s expression of Alice, in a realm of unconscious, brings forward the idea of Freudian understanding. Dali’s strong use of color and symbolism in his works, while understanding Freudian Principles, represent Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland just as well as if not better than Tenniel’s illustrations....   [tags: Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland]
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Heritage in Everyday Use, by Alice Walker - Heritage is one of the most important factors that represents where a person came from. In “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, this short story characterizes not only the symbolism of heritage, but also separates the difference between what heritage really means and what it may be portrayed as. Throughout the story, it reveals an African-American family living in small home and struggling financially. Dee is a well-educated woman who struggles to understand her family's heritage because she is embarrassed of her mother and sister, Mama and Maggie....   [tags: everyday use, alice walker]
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Different Illustrations of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland - Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a story that has been loved and read by different age groups. Lewis Carroll wrote the book in such a way that the reader, young or old, could be trapped into Alice’s world of adventure. The illustrations by John Tenniel help portray the story beautifully. Tenniel put pictures to Carroll’s thoughts exactly. When a student reads Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for the first time, it is always great if he or she could be introduced to his illustrations. However, it is a good idea for teachers to bring in different portals of Alice to help show how other people may view this little girl’s world....   [tags: Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll, ] 989 words
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Analysis of Animal Characters in Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - Why are animal characters so popular in children’s literature. Why do they tend to be either fierce or friendly. How do animal characters impact children’s literature. In Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, the animal characters are very weird. They were supposed to guide Alice through the traditional fairytale world she has created, but instead they were negative influences on this child. I believe the audience expected that animal characters are supposed to because they are the ones who should be a role model for kids to look up or when they read it....   [tags: Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll]
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Nonsense and Justice in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - You would think that Lewis Carroll an English author, mathematician and logician would sit down and write a logical, didactical novel, instead he wrote a novel of the literary nonsense genre. Unusual, is it not. Maybe we should take a closer look at Carroll's “nonsense“ and see why is it considered to be random, senseless, unpredictable, and without rules. Moreover, even justice is not spared of parody, injustice and chaos are logical consequences of living in Wonderland. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a story about a little girl who comes into contact with unpredictable, illogical, basically mad world of Wonderland by following the White Rabbit into a huge rabbit – hole....   [tags: Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland] 724 words
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The Transformation of Celie in "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker - Events in history have influenced writers’ style, and the importance in their stories. Alice Walker wrote a novel which was very much subjective by the time period of the 1940’s. There was a great deal of bigotry and tyranny during that time, particularly for Women of color. Women were mentally and physically abused and belittled by man purely because of their race and femininity. Women were considered as ignorant individuals that simply knew how to handle housework and care for the children. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker in 1982 and later made into a movie in 1985 directed by Steven Speilburg tells the story of a young women of color named Celie who endured countless hardships in the...   [tags: Color Purple, Alice Walker, sexism, ] 648 words
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Sensible Nonsense in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland - Alice in Wonderland has been a beloved children’s classic for over a century and was originally told to entertain a close friend’s child, Alice Liddell; yet, it has now become one of the most analyzed children’s stories with its many paradoxes. While it could be acclaimed to feminism with its many intense female characters that often illustrate poor decisions or historical with its Victorian era time frame, the two that best fit are psychoanalytical and existentialism. Via these schools of literary criticism, one can make a complete picture of a young girl in an irrational adult world....   [tags: Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland]
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Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll - Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll Based on the novel Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll, Alice, the heroine of the story is a curious, imaginative, strong- willed, and honest young English girl. Her adventures begin when she falls asleep by the side of a stream in a meadow and dreams that she follows a White Rabbit down his hole. Her curiosity has made her ventured the world she never been before, entered each doors that she able to open, she even trying hardly to figured out how to open the doors she couldn’t opened....   [tags: Alice Wonderland Caroll] 1168 words
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The Coming of Age Theme in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll - Many have compared life to a journey over the course of which, one experiences many tumultuous changes and transitions. On this journey, the human body continually undergoes a developmental pattern of physical, mental, and social modifications. Even in the realm of literature, fictional characters inevitably follow this fate. In literature, the stage between childhood innocence and adulthood transforms characters, this is frequently referred to as "coming of age". Because all humans experience this transition, it establishes "coming of age" as a timeless universal literary theme....   [tags: Essays on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland]
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The Strong Female Character in Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" - Do you ever notice in stories, the female characters tend to be weak and sometimes have a mentor to guide them. Alice Adventures in Wonderland turned the tables on this type of character and made a strong, lively character Alice. Carroll disregarded the traditional plot lines and development of characters of his time by creating an empowered Alice, who overcomes the challenges in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Not only does Alice face different challenges through the story she also faces her pre-teen years of emotional and developmental stages....   [tags: Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland] 1658 words
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Language and Male Supremacy in Alice Walker's "The Color Purple" - Andrea Dworkin devoted her life to supporting feminism. In one of her speeches, she states, “Male supremacy is fused into the language, so that every sentence both heralds and affirms it.” Andrea’s quote shows that male supremacy is so common that it is practically part of human nature. In society, men feel entitled to abuse their wives whenever they feel discouraged or depressed. For example, when husbands do not treat their wives with the respect they deserve, it can lead to violence or divorce....   [tags: Male Supremacy, feminism, Alice Walker, Color Purp] 690 words
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Everyday Use by Alice Walker - Everyday Use by Alice Walker Through contrasting family members and views in "Everyday Use", Alice Walker illustrates the importance of understanding our present life in relation to the traditions of our own people and culture. Using careful descriptions and attitudes, Walker demonstrates which factors contribute to the values of one's heritage and culture; she illustrates that these are represented not by the possession of objects or mere appearances, but by one's lifestyle and attitude. Throughout the story, Walker personifies the different sides of culture and heritage in the characters of Dee and the mother (the narrator)....   [tags: Alice Walker Everyday Use]
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Everyday Use by Alice Walker - In "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker, Walker shows differences in human character, just by the way they act towards family members. The main character in the story, Mother, has two daughters that she treats very differently, and they treat her differently. One daughter looks down on Mother in a condescending manner, and the other is obedient and kind. In "Everyday Use", Walker shows that in relationships between a mother and daughters, adaptation to change can sometimes be very hard, which leads to pride and protecting what one has accomplished, and finally shows how un-appreciation can hinder these relationships....   [tags: Alice Walker Everyday Use] 952 words
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