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When it comes to literature an authors have many possibilities of how to end a story It is a very difficult process for authors to pick an ending that truly fits their purpose of the story This is why writers have been known to change the endings of texts when requested by a public audience The short story Boys and Girls written by Alice Munroe is a tale about the profound unfairness of sex-role stereotyping and the effect it has on rites of passage into adulthood The protagonist who is also the narrator of this story is a girl who goes unnamed The story ends with the girl having a choice about whether to keep a gate open and let a horse escape from certain death or to close a gate and by doing so retain her fathers trust The way in which this story ends leaves the reader wondering about possible conclusions and whether the ending chosen is in fact the best In my opinion however there is no question that Munroe has chosen the most intriguing ending for her story One possible ending to Alice Munros Boys and Girls is that the girl in this short story shuts the gate on the horse to keep it from escaping This is an example of something not typically done by a girl and is indicative of the fact that girls can perform in the world just as well as boys With the feminist movement taking place in the earlier part of the twentieth century it would have been easy for Munro to have written her story to suggest equality of the genders This would have been a weak ending because in reality they are not equal The girl believed that as she got older and older she would be able to help her father more and more In reality she would not be able to handle some of the emotional and physical demands
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