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Discusses The Character Of The Girl In Alice Munro's Short Story, "Boys And Girls."

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The short story "Boys and Girls," written by Alice Munro, was written in afirst-person point of view. The main character, Alice, is a static character. She is theoldest child in the family, and has a younger brother, Laird. Alice is very helpfularound the house with her mother, but tends to disappear from the house to helpher father outside, which she enjoys best.Alive has quite the imagination. At night she would make up rules for ...view middle of the document...

"Alice loves her mother, but also has a lack of trust for her and at times considers herto be her enemy. She overhears her mother saying: "Wait till Laird gets a littlebigger, then you'll have a real help." And "I just get my back turned and she runsoff. It's not like I had a girl in the family at all." Alice thinks to herself: "She wasalways plotting. She was plotting now to get me to stay in the house more, althoughshe knew I hated it (because she knew I hated it) and keep me from working withmy father."Alice is afraid that she is going to grow up to become a housewife just like hermother. She hates being in the house all day, cooped up in the kitchen peeling fruitand washing dishes. She prefers to be outside working with her father, cutting thegrass, raking the leaves, and taking care of the foxes.Curiosity and rebelliousness led Alice into trouble with her parents. When she heldthe gate open for the horse at the end of the story, her father lost some respect forher. In her fathers opinion, she went from the hired man, to "just a girl."

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