Alice Munro 's ' Boys And Girls ' Essay

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The protagonist in Alice Munro’s short story ‘Boys and Girls’ is about a young girl whose life is characterized by gender roles set by the society during the 20th century. Munro specifically does not give the protagonist a name within the story to indicate that she is an individual without identity or any power of her own, whereas her brother, a boy, is given the name Laird (The Gender Conflict in Munro’s “Boys and Girls”). Discrimination is further emphasized when the protagonist’s father praises his daughter to the salesman whose surprised reply was “I thought it was only a girl” (Munro, "Boys and Girls"). This gender discrimination affects the relationship the young girl has with her father as she tries to “imitate and identify herself to her [him]” (Hassanian, "Father-Daughter Relationship”). She feels that the status of women is inferior to society and finds the lifestyle of her mother boring. There is a tension between the protagonist and her mother because the mother tries to keep her from working with her father. The young girl evidently looks up to her father as a role model, with idol-like expectations as she describes him as “tidy and ingenious” and “tirelessly inventive” (Munro, "Boys and Girls"). Even though she speaks about her father with great affection, the father-daughter relationship is quite formal. “[Her] father did not talk to [her] unless it was about the job [they] were doing” (Munro, "Boys and Girls"). However, “[she] worked willingly under his eyes,…

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