There is no doubt that males and females are biologically distinct at birth.
At the time of the story, society did not consider men and women equal. Along with that, the name also symbolizes the difference between the sexes when this story took place. The time when this story took place was a time when men and women were not equal.
Mothers had traditional roles, which usually left them in the house, while men also had their roles, outside of the house.
The male was the dominant figure in the house, while the woman had to be subservient. It was an off thing to see my mother down at the barn. She did not often come out of the house unless it was to do something — hang out the wash or dig potatoes in the garden.
She looked out of place, with her bare lumpy legs, not touched by the sun, her apron still on and damp across the stomach from the supper dishes. The narrator had problems coming to terms with the role in life that she was expected to lead.
She wanted to work outside with her father doing the work that she deemed important. The mother tried to get the narrator to work inside doing work deemed appropriate for a lady, however it was not something she enjoyed.
The narrator was not considered of any consequential help to her father, simply because she was female. Even though the narrator could do more work than her younger brother, she was still under appreciated. Laird, on the other hand, was able to go out and do the things that he enjoyed.
The whole purpose of this idea was to get Laird in trouble. However, when her parents come and remove Laird from danger, they are actually mad at her, instead of Laird.
This shows how the parents were more concerned with their son and that he could do no wrong. My father came, my mother came, my father went up the ladder talking very quietly and brought Laird down under his arm, at which my mother leaned against the ladder and began to cry.
She is from a time when there were even stricter rules of conduct for girls. She voices what was taught to her when she was a child. At the time of the story, girls were expected to be dainty and quaint, while a man was expected to be the rough and tumble one.
Eventually, she began to change and to become a stereotypical female. He explains to his father and mother how Flora escaped from the yard and also starts listening to his father almost exclusively. This shows the dominance of males in the society of the time.
This shows how his father is the authority figure, that his mother secondary to his father. Even the daughter thinks lowly of the mother in comparison to the father. Men in this society are the dominant, authoritarian heads of the house-hold whose work is done outside the home.
Women are expected to look after the men and their work is done in the home. The narrator and her brother symbolize the roles of males and females in that society.
Laird is allowed to do what he pleases. Laird is the lord, as a male he is deemed as the more important of the two, simply because of his sex, while the narrator cast into her womanly role, being of secondary importance.
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January Sep 20, · 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.
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Exactly what I needed. Alice Munro, on “Boys and Girls” I. Corporeal Fields, Gendered Play Alice Munro’s “Boys and Girls” is a tale written in past tense, a eulogy situated on the boundaries of a phallocracy using language to cast “sheathes of reality upon the social body” (Wittig 78).
SUBJECTS IN ALICE MUNRO'S BOYS AND GIRLS. Marlene Goldman "My father was a fox farmer." So begins Alice Munro's short story "Boys and Girls," a narrative which highlights the almost invisible societal forces which shape children, in this case, the narrator and her brother Laird, into gendered adults.
Boys and Girls By: Alice Munro Summary Summary Guiding Questions Feminist Criticism Summary Author Biography Guiding Questions Thesis Statement Historical Context Through the lens of Feminism Alice Munro was born July 10th , in Wingham Ontario. She grew up with her father who was a fox and poultry farmer, and her mother who was a school teacher.