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The monotony of life has waged war against the narrator in Alice Munros Miles City Montana The author depicts the narrator as a brittle woman in search of a personal identity among a community of conformity This battle between domestic responsibility and personal satisfaction reeks havoc on the soldier of this mother and wife Munro is a master of characterization and through the protagonist she depicts the complexities of human nature Now as the family of four travels across the continent the narrator is able to slough off all the obligations which society has dumped on her Almost relieved we shed our house the neighborhood the city andour country 378 On the road she is no longer forced to hide from the friendly phone calls or household chores The narrator has been freed on the highway to Ontario Canada The Prisoner of War held under siege in her own home is liberated to be hopeful and lighthearted 378 This trip becomes a break from the life that shes is currently leading a life which society thinks should make her content With this new bit of freedom the narrator is able to form an identity for herselfTragedy however almost strikes as the narrator takes this break from reality As the family reaches Miles City Montana the two young children become captivated by the thought of swimming in a refreshing pool No adults are aloud into the pool area during the lunch break but the children are still able to take a swim with the lifeguard present As the narrator steps out of sight the youngest girls curiosity captures her and she almost drowns in the pool Meg had nearly submerged before the mother had a vague premonition that something on this afternoon is very wrong Running toward the pool the girls parents reach her in time but this incident seeps much deeper as the mother gains wisdom and identity from the experience She is a
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