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The Cold Equations written by Tom Godwin and Boys and Girls written by Alice Munro are very different stories but so similar Both short stories have characters who face death and discover something valuable in the process In two stories characters realize they are powerless to stop a death This recognition changes them in different ways While reading The Cold Equations I began to understand how Marilyn felt and how she coped with her problems At first Marilyn was shocked to find the out about the outcome of what would happen to her after she hid on and EDS ship Her words trailed away and he turned his attention to the viewscreen not wanting to stare at her as she fought her way through the black horror of fear toward the calm gray of acceptance That quote explains how Marilyn was finally beginning to accept her fate After she had accepted it although she was still very frightened she put on a brave face Marilyn was able to talk to her brother which seemed to calm her and put her at peace Boys and Girls confused me in the way that the author presented it The girl in the story who was the narrator talked about her life She had gotten attached to a horse named Flora In this story the girl knew that Flora was going to die but once she realized how much she would miss her and what was going on she did not want to give the horse up She refused to accept something that could not be changed so the girl let Flora get out of the gated area Unfortunately her father found her later on and then shot the horse as he had planned all along The girl in the story had acted like a tom-boy and then later on she started to realize that she was a girl soon began to act like a girl Everybody
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