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The short story Debut by Kristin Hunter and Manhood by John Wain both explore central issues like masculinity and femininity Through the use of narrative conventions such as point of view characterisation selection of detail conflict descriptive language and symbolisation the authors present issues more effectively By using social cultural and gender expectations in the context the authors give a better understanding throughout the text considering the different time frames At the time frame when Debut was written in the sixties society was changing dramatically The womans movement had a strong impact on social and cultural expectations at the time Women were having sex and not being married changing the culture into a disimpowered culture Wives were usually being the stereotypical mothers staying at home looking after the children and doing the housework The time frame between now and the sixties has altered the reading of Debut letting the readers accept the changing cultural and social expectations of the time Both Mrs Simmons and Mr Willison try to pressure their view on gender and social expectations as what they perceive as a better lifestyle For instance No son of mine is going to grow up with the same wretched physical heritage that I Mrs Simmons has a certain opinion in which she tries to bring up her daughter This is more accepted considering the social and gender expectations of the time For example It is a battle The battle to hold your head up and get someplace and be somebody She tries to express how her daughters debut is a battle and could have to live with her partner for the rest of her life Manhood and Debut takes on a battle to try and live through their only child in which it creates an unstable and unhealthy relationship Through this relationship both children are unable to build their own personal identity From this relationship Judy transforms into a product of her
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