She does not think that women are bad people, but does think that they have ulterior intentions. My mother, I felt, was not to be trusted. She was kinder than my father and more easily fooled, but you could not depend on her, and the real reasons for the things that she said and did were not to be known. She loved me, and she sat up late at night making a dress of the difficult style I wanted, for me to wear when school started, but she was also my enemy. (272) In the story women are portrayed through the lives of the foxes that her father raises.
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”. These names were given purposely by Munro to represent how at birth the male child was naturally considered superior to his sister.
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.
The family is the stereotypical farming and labour father who wants to enlist his son to take over while the mother is the homemaker and is looking for the help of her daughter inside the house. The narrator and her brother, Laird, are fighting when the narrator “[uses] all of [her] strength against him” when her brother catches her arm for a second her father “[laughs], saying ‘Oh, […] [Laird is] [going to] show you, one of these days!’ Laird [is] getting a lot bigger. But she [is] getting bigger too’ (Munro 4). The story is set at a time where women do not fight back against men and are expected to act with poise. Though the narrator is holding her own against her brother, her father still knows that one day he will be the one fighting and getting stronger.
In both stories Laura and Catherine's conquered what they had been holding them back. For Laura it was her mother constantly pushing to finding a man before she was even ready. She needed to feel the confidence her mother strived for her to have and it took Jim to give that to her. Catherine needed to understand she held a great gift just like her dad and if she used her gift she would not automatically end up crazy like her father. Every parent impacts their child’s life whether they are constantly nagging like Amanda Laura's mom or unfortunately not in it anymore like Catherine's dad.
Mama always mentions Big Walter in the story every time Walter or Beneatha does something that she thinks is wrong. Mama says that Big Walter hated domestic jobs and that farming and... ... middle of paper ... ... sick people—then go be a nurse like other women—or just get married and be quiet” (Hansberry 38). The value of every dream is crucial to every member of the Younger family because of the effect it has them, but it is the family dream to own a house that hold them together. At the end of the story, Mama convinced Walter that buying the house was important for the family because the thought of living in the apartment for the rest of their lives was unbearable. Big Walter had to fight and was struggling to achieve his dream of buying a house, which ended up becoming the families dream.
In the story “Boys and Girls,” Alice Munro writes about a young girl narrator and her struggle over the limitations and segregation of jobs between girls and boys. Munro views how differently the jobs were between boys and girls at the time. The argument is basically said in the title. Although the narrator talks about the joy of being able to work alongside her father, she still resents how her father treats her brother better, even though she is the older sibling. The narrator’s brother named Laird, which was carefully chosen by the author, helps play an important role in the story where the young girl must face society’s unwritten rules against women.
The story “Boys and Girls” by Alice Munro and the story “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves” by Karen Russell have similar themes. They both are coming of age type stories that show the growth of a character because of a situation they were put in or things that happened to them. In “Boys and Girls” the narrator enjoyed helping her father with his work much more than helping her mother with the house, she thought that work that her mother did was boring and she dreaded it. Throughout the story they refer to the word “girl” in a negative way, “The word girl had formerly seemed to me innocent and unburdened, like the word child; now it appeared that it was no such thing.
She expressed tones in her voice, that you wouldn’t be able to hear in reading the play, which helped illuminate her characters determination with dominating over her children and also with winning over Jim. The portrayal of Tom was also done very well, a young man tired of living at home with a mother who will not leave him alone and a sister who he feels bad to leave behind. The actor used good expressions such as the roiling of his eyes to his mother and his angry faces when she pushed him to the edge. In the play I didn’t grasp how frustrated he actually was, but the movie helped me understand with his character. I felt Laura was the best portrayed character.
Tea Cake was the love of her life made her feel like she was more than just a house wife until he got bit by a wild dog. When Zora Hurston wrote this novel, she wanted to explain how a young women search for her own identity. This young woman would go through three relationships that took her to the end of the journey of a secure sense of independence. She wanted to find her own voice while in a relationship, but she also witnessed hate, pain, and love through the journey. When Logan Killicks came she witnessed the hate because he never connected physically or emotionally to her.