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Boys and Girls Shes only a girl was a very significant statement within the short story Boys and Girls by Alice Munto Boys and Girls was a gender-sensitive short story written in 1968 This story gave an example of the unfair treatment women received throughout that era It also displayed the hard times that a young girl went through competing with her brother for equal attention and love Boys and Girls took place on a small family farm The father of this family raised skinned and sold the pelts of foxes for a living The mother of this family disapproved of the entire pelting process and wished that it did not take place in their home The protagonist of Boys and Girls is a young girl the daughter of the fox farmer This young girl lost the trust of her father when she disobeyed him by attempting to free a horse from being slaughtered Another main character of Boys and Girls is Laird Laird is the son of the fox farmer Laird goes through many physical and emotional changes throughout the timeline of this story Laird changes from an innocent non-sexist boy to a discriminating cruel young man As a child Laird and his sister sang each other to sleep and played with one another as if they were equals But as they aged Laird and his sister grew apart The plot of this story was both exciting and unpredictable The young girl went against her fathers wishes to save a horse from being slaughtered Alice Moreno did an excellent job of keeping the reader in suspense throughout the entire story Boys and Girls was told from the point of view of the protagonist a young girl It was told from the innocent and honest eyes of a young child who was very determined and strong- Mortensen 2 minded The parents did not treat the young girl and her brother equally Laird was given more
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