Symbolism Of Alice Munro's Boys And Girls

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Symbolism of the Munro’s “Boys and Girls”
The short story Boys and Girls was written by Canadian writer Alice Munro in the 60s. It looks inside the family of a fox-breeder with two children: an unnamed girl and her brother Laird. The girl is the narrator of this story. The work showed a typical life of a breeder – the man looked after foxes, but treated them only a source of a good fur. The girl wanted to be closer to her father in spite of the fact she was afraid of him a little and did not know what he thought about, unlike her mother. “In this he was quite different from my mother, who... would tell me all sorts of things” (Munro 3). Narrator’s mother was ready to share her memories with daughter, but the girl did not view her as a true ally. The woman wanted to implant her child woman behavior, and the narrator did not want to play a standardized female role. The girl did not like any types of the housework and did not obey to her mother or other female relatives. However, her attitude started to change when she was eleven years old. The narrator and her brother became witnesses of the horse’s killing. After that the girl did not stop the second animal deliberately, in spite of the fact she knew her father needed it to feed foxes and maintain the family respectively. Laird took part in the murder of the second horse and let on his sister. Children’s father finished this conversation with the focus on the narrator’s sex: “‘Never mind,’ my father said. He spoke with
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