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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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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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]

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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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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]

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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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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]

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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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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]

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Boys And Girls By Alice Munro

- “Boys and Girls” by Alice Munro (Journal) “Boys and Girls” is an interesting story and it was an easy short story to read and understand how the narrator was feeling, because I can almost relate it to my own life. This short story is about a young girl’s struggle to adulthood in a society with gender roles and stereotypes. The story took 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....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Family, Short story]

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Boys & Girls By Alice Munro

- ... On the fox farm that this story is set on, silver foxes are slaughtered and sold for their beautiful pelts. The narrator talks about how she would observe the “pelting operation” with her brother, Laird. She watched as her father skillfully “removed the pelt from the inside- out from the body of the fox, which looked surprisingly small, mean and rat- like, deprived of its arrogant weight of fur. The naked, slippery bodies were collected in a sack and buried at the dump” (Munro 36). In this case, the foxes represent women as beings, removed of their inner selves and buried in the dump, never to be seen again....   [tags: Gender role, Short story, Woman, Role]

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Boys And Girls By Alice Munro

- ... Although she strives for this, it is a great struggle to do so when society and her female influences in the family try to get her to fall in the path of the female gender. There were special standards held for the ladies. Her mother and grandmother wanted her to be lady like and live up to these standards. The narrator would much rather work outside with her father, rather than the dreaded housework inside with her mother. She thought the work with her father was “ritualistically important”(Mays 157)....   [tags: Gender, Family, Mother, Short story]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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Analysis Of ' Boys And Girls ' By James Joyce And Alice Munro

- ... In Araby, the main character is a boy and he loves his best friend’s sister. He never had the courage to talk to her, but he watched her from a distance. I saw many changes with the main character in this story. At this age everyone is trying to figure out their hormones and new feelings. Additionally, being able to watch the world change as you change can be terrifying, but it can also be beautiful. Like in Boys and Girls when the main character watches her father shoot the horse Mack, I think she was expecting to not be phased by it and just keep it the way she thought it always was supposed to be, a part of life....   [tags: Character, Protagonist, Love, 2007 albums]

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Analysis Of The Short Stories Responsibility Written By Russell Smith And Boys And Girls By Alice Munro

- In the short stories Responsibility written by Russell Smith and Boys and Girls written by Alice Munro both deal with family mishaps between parent and child. Each family in both stories face many similarities when dealing with traditional life classification. The daughter in Munro’s story Boys and Girls who is unnamed wants to live life as she pleases instead following the normalities females are perceived to live by. James the main character in Smith’s Responsibility story is also faced with the same situation on wanting to live life how he wants and pursue his dreams but is faced traditional fallacies on how a men should live their life....   [tags: Family, Short story, Man, Protagonist]

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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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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]

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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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The Reality of World in Araby and Boys and Girls

- Our perception about the world change as we grow up and experience the reality of life. This is the necessary and universal experience that we all must undergo to face the world successfully. The protagonists in James Joyce’s “Araby” and Alice Munro’s “Boys and Girls experience a common initiation of how different the world is, compared to how they would like to see. The reader is given a glance into the lives of two adolescents. The protagonists in both stories are of the growing age and their perceptions about the world change....   [tags: Boys and Girls, Araby Essays]

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Gender Roles : Girls And Girls By Alice Munro

- ... The education that was given to these were for home life like cooking, sewing, and cleaning. Due to the lack of education, women were not allow to participate in any political choices. After the end of the American Civil war when the Fifteenth Amendment was passed, which granted African American men the right to vote. Many females believed this would lay a foundation for women to have the right to vote but, this gesture was quickly shot down by men who believed women should stay out of political decisions....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Female, Male]

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The Girl And Girls By Alice Munro

- ... These differing opinions on the matter. Another family member, the main character’s grandmother payed the family a visit. She shared the same views about the girl’s behavior as the mother and was much more vocal about the subject. The author chose to include selected lines of dialog to show the grandmothers opinion such as her saying, “girls don’t slam doors like that” and “girls keep their knees together when they sit down” (Munro 149). The few lines in the short story that include the grandmother are completely about how she wants the girl to change her attitude and actions to be more like that of what she sees as a proper woman....   [tags: Family, Short story, Woman, Fiction]

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The Found Boat by Alice Munro

- “The Found Boat” by Alice Munro is a story about five teenagers that learn to explore and have a sense of freedom after finding a boat washed ashore after a flood. The boat becomes a common ground used between the characters to become closer friends and explore things in the world around them. This boat that they find gives these kids a new found form of freedom and they embrace that. When the boat was initially found by the girls the boys didn’t see it at first, after they find it they become closer friends and this newfound friendship takes the teenagers on an adventure....   [tags: teenagers, freedom]

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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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Descriptive Language in “Boys & Girls”, “Cat in the Rain”, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”

- Descriptive language in the stories “Boys & Girls”, “Cat in the Rain”, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and the poem “A Far Cry from Africa”. Descriptive language is a literary tool used by many great writers. We clearly see this in the stories “Boys & Girls”, “Cat in the Rain”, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and the poem “A Far Cry from Africa”. Through the use of metaphors, imagery, similes and symbolism, the authors present their issues more effectively. We see that in all these stories, descriptive language is used to demonstrate how a characters identity predicament can lead to overall crisis....   [tags: Compare]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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The Collection Of Short Stories By Alice Munro

- ... Suddenly, Johanna with her dream to get married and have a regular life moves herself to in the spot of the darkest Saskatchewan where she found ken Boudreau with bronchitis and restricted by musty air and cigarette butts. A matrimony for the old housekeeper, which her life was complete sincere commotion and full of love forcing the readers to consider why we had expected in particular ending (Munro, 2001p.p #3-54). Additionally, this powerful short story “Comfort” start out with Nina returns home after her tennis game when she found her husband Lewis was dying and the narrator describe how he was killing himself, According to the continuous story the readers notes that Lewis was little...   [tags: Short story, Marriage, Alice Munro, Fiction]

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Pink is for Girls and Blue is for Boys

- Gender roles are taught to us early on in our lives. At the hospital, when babies are newly born they are wrapped up in either a pink or blue blanket depending on the sex of the child. As early as our first few moments in the world, we are inundated by ideas of what it means to be a girl or a boy. Learning about gender roles is an important aspect of a child’s socialization. Ideas about masculinity and femininity can come from a variety of sources - parents, media, the school system and so much more....   [tags: Gender Roles, Girls, Boys, Men, Women]

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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]

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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]

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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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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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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]

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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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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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Pink is for Girls and Blue is for Boys

- In connection with this discussion about Barbie creating unrealistic standards for girls and fostering controversial feministic stereotypes, a woman named Blondie Bennett is currently making headlines across the world for famously stating that she would like to be treated like a “plastic sex doll” and will undergo hypnotherapy to become “brainless” like Barbie (Kirkova, 2014). Bennett is an obsessive Barbie fan who has invested thousands of dollars on plastic surgeries to create a more plastic-like image for her body so that she can look more like the doll....   [tags: gender, cultural stereotypes]

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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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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 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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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]

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Growth Rate and Development in Boys and Girls

- ... The doctor has a growth chart where he/she can determine how someone is growing compared to others of the same age and gender. The chart usually goes up until about the age of 20. If there seems to be a problem, the doctor can observe the growth over a period of months and then determine what the problem is based off of the pattern. Many things can show why a child is not growing properly. Whether they have health problems, born prematurely, puberty started early or late, etc. Doctors can also use a BMI (Body Mass Index) to determine if a person’s weight is appropriate for their age and height....   [tags: normal, factors, influence, eating, exercise]

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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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Reading Preferences Between Boys And Girls

- ... Childress also wrote that girls tended to read stories that explored relationship dynamics in fictional works, where boys tended to read books that were informational as a means of gaining skill. Watson’s study found that boys read more books about animals and science, and girls read more about romance and historical fiction (Langerman 133). Additionally, boys read more about science, and sports (Mead 17). Girls have a greater preference for books about romance, relationships, and teen fiction (Mead 19)....   [tags: Gender, Female, Male, Sex]

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The Boys and Girls Club of Weber-Davis

- For the Weber-Davis facility we personally use two set’s of programs that has helped us with academic success, and both are approved by the national headquarters ave viable ways to teach better education. The first program we use is called Money Matters: Make It Count. Through tho teaching model we are able to introduce kids who are preparing for further education after high school what financial aid services are there for them to use, as well as the difference in subsidized and unsubsidized loans are and how to qualify for Stafford and Perkins student loans....   [tags: programs for academic success]

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Mattel Toys: Safe for Girls and Boys?

- Mattel designs and manufactures toys that are treasured by boys and girls all around the world. They believe in the influence of play and the power it has on children to grow and learn. This paper will look at who was responsible for Mattel initiating the recall of its toys, whether Mattel acted in an ethical, responsible manner in regards to the safety of their toys, and also look at ways society can protect children from harmful toys. Mattel was founded in 1945 and was run from a garage in Southern California....   [tags: Business Ethics]

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The Class, 8 Boys, And 11 Girls

- ... Emailing the instructor with questions, and having a questionnaire for the instructor to fill out once a week at the end of the week to collect data of the morning snack project success or failure. This week will start the first week of snacks as school just started back from spring break. Research shows that children are at an increased risk of obesity in America. Research also shows that children who are hungry have difficulty with focus, academic performance and can often show behavioral concerns....   [tags: Nutrition, Obesity, Education, Childhood obesity]

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Sexting Among Teenage Girls and Boys

- Over the last few years, there has been a lot of discussion and debate over the topic of sexting. It has become a widespread phenomenon, the number of teenage girls and boys, men and women who participate are rapidly increasing, and with this too comes the rise of moral panic within societies. Individuals within the communities are becoming more and more fearful, afraid and shocked at this new form of youth culture hysteria. Although young people ‘expressing’ their sexuality has become much more open and free as of the last decade or so, the real uproar of panic is due to the risks they involving themselves in as well as the damage and harm they are inflicting on themselves, whether they kno...   [tags: moral panic, damage, harm, subculture]

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Boys Don't Understand Girls' Depression

- You know boys always say that girls have these break downs where they think the girls are just on their period. what if they didn't know the girl that they loved had Depression and Self Harmed and the reason she has break downs is because she hates that she has to be so damn difficult. She wishes she was normal because during school she see's how happy and perfect all the other girls are. How they always smile and couldn't be even more perfect. She wants that but she is to weak to even deal with her feeling she couldn't be able to deal with all those people always wanting to be with her....   [tags: personal narrative]

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Girls on the Edge, by Dr. Leonard Sax

- Girls on the Edge by Dr. Leonard Sax, is all about the things that are driving a crisis for girls. The book cites sexual identity, the cyberbubble, obsesssions, and environmental toxins as the four main factors. The book is 272 pages and was published by Basic Books in July of 2011 and sells for around 13 dollars for a paperback copy or 20 for the hardcover edition. The book begins with an explanation of teenagers and how they are different from the teenagers of 50 years ago. More and more teenagers are depressed, and on medication....   [tags: Girls on the Edge]

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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, ]

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Studies Pursued and Boys and Girls

- Studies Pursued and Boys and Girls “What is considered inherently interesting is knowledge about men. Because men control the records, and the value system, it is generally believed that it is men who have done all the exciting things: it is men who have made history, made discoveries, made inventions and performed feats of skill and courage – according to men. These are the important activities and only men become the curriculum.” (Dale Spender 1982) The above quite reflects the findings and attitude of Dale Spender, a female sociologist....   [tags: Papers]

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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]

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Should girls play on boys' sports teams?

- In the world of sports it started off that girls could never play sports and then in 1972 a public law called Title IX came to existence which allowed girls to play sports but not with boys. Today the question is asked should girls play on boys’ sports teams. One would think that girls should not play with boys on a sports team because boys are just naturally taller and stronger than women and they would dominate the girls in a fully contact sport. Another may think that if a girl is truly capable to play on an all boys’ sports team, then she should not be denied the opportunity to try out for an all boys’ team....   [tags: Male, Females, Dynamics, Sports]

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My Volunteer Work With the Boys and Girls Club

- I began by tutoring at the Boys and Girls Club (BGC) and eventually became a teacher at the boys and girls club. The focus of my continued volunteer work was to enrich the children’s after school experience whether they needed help with homework or busy work. During my volunteer work the issue that stuck out in my mid continuously was social class or classism. The BGC emphasizes many different issues and points such as “creating aspirations for the future,” “Helping youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire skills for participating in the democratic process is the main thrust of these programs and also to develop leadership skills and provide opportunities for planning, decision...   [tags: College Admission Essay]

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Girls Versus Boys: Toys and Gender Role Socialization

- “What. A boy playing with Barbie dolls. That’s messed up man. Only girls play with dolls. Everyone knows that!” This is an answer from Cavin, seven years old, when asked what he thought about boys playing with Barbie dolls. Listening to these words can make one realize that even from a young age, children have been strongly impacted by gender through society. According to sociologist James M. Henslin, gender is “the behaviors and attitudes that a society considers proper for its males and females; masculinity or femininity” (280)....   [tags: sociological analysis]

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Should Boys and girls Attend Different Schools?

- ... It is now accepted that going to school means much more than just gaining a better understanding of biology or physics or how to do math to a child or teenager. School time overlaps some of the most important stages of every person’s life, for example, puberty and maturation, which is the bridge between childhood and adolescence. First reason I think boys and girls should attend separate schools is the maturation gap between genders. Boys and girls do not reach puberty simultaneously and the interval which one gender is ahead of the other in both physical and mental maturation, can lead to an improper mutual understanding of classmates in a mixed school....   [tags: behavioral problems, violence, performance]

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girls vs boys in china

- China had solved one of their population problems, but had unknowingly created another problem from it. Back in 1976, China faced an overpopulation problem. The growth of Chinas population brought a lot of problems to the country and to its people. Some of the problems were from overcrowding and not enough resources like food and jobs to go around for everyone. This was why the government of China enacted the One-Child Policy act in order to prevent over population. The One-Child Policy was a law that allowed a family to only have one child with the incentive of economic and educational advantages to the family that obeyed this law, in many cases disobeying the law would result in a fi...   [tags: essays research papers]

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Alice Munro 's 1998 Volume The Love Of A Good Woman

- ... The multiple frames Ross here highlights of course refer to Munro’s ever-shifting narration — in particular her use of focalization. As Isla Duncan, borrowing from Gerard Génette, explains, “the holder of the point of view in a narrative is the focalizer…while the character, scene, or event presented in terms of the focalizer’s perspective is the focalized” (10). She continues, explaining that in cases of “objective narration,” which she labels “external focalization,” the focalizer/narrator necessarily remains independent of the focalized (11)....   [tags: Narrative, Narrator, Narrative mode, Narratology]

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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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Alice, Wonderland, By Lewis Carroll

- ... She tries to open them but they appear to be locked. When Alice looks around the room she notices a small table with a key which opens a small door, however Alice is too big to go through the door, on looking around the room again she sees a drink that says drink me. Here Alice uses her knowledge from the adult world that she as left behind in an attempt to remember that you do not just drink something without knowing what it is. To a young reader this shows them a valuable lesson in not drinking unknown drinks....   [tags: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland]

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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]

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Title IX and Girls

- Imagine being a parent and having your daughter ask why she can not play sports like her brother could, try explaining that. Title IX have given girls more confidence and given men a reality check as to the fact that they are not the only ones on the playing field, as well as settled all debates on whether or not women are worthy of sports. Others may say Title IX has psychologically confused women and made modern times much more complicated. Title IX is the most powerful civil rights movement to ever occur in the United States because, it has made girls psychologically more egotistical, it has made men less confident, and it has made this world a more equal and fair place....   [tags: Sports, Athletes, GIrls, Title Nine]

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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]

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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]

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Alice's Adventures in Darwinism and the Realm of Child Versus Adult

- Alice in Wonderland, the most famous work of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, is the enduring tale of one girl’s journey into a world of whimsy and imagination. The story was written for the enjoyment of all children, as Carroll had a strong love and attachment to them, especially little girls. It was however, written more specifically for a dear, close child-friend of his by the name of Alice Liddell, who was the inspiration for the title character. Alice in Wonderland has been, throughout the years since it’s publication in 1865, endlessly deconstructed, analyzed, and studied for underlying meaning in the text (as in Martin Gardner‘s The Annotated Alice)....   [tags: Alice in Wonderland]

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