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Alice Munros Boys and Girls tries to view a young girls rite of passage into womanhood through a limited feminist perspective The narrator battles with conformity on a 1940s Canadian Fox Farm As this time period was still centred on male dominance her desire to become a powerful woman wastes away when she finally submits to the rules that society has imposed on her The story is written in first person narration and is seen through the eyes of a young and free-spirited girl The themes of this story are self-discovery stereotypes and rebellion To portray these themes literary devices such as allusion similes and situational irony were used Allusion is present in the line his favourite book in the world was Robinson Crusoe as the author attempts to portray the fathers inventive nature by relating it to a well-known novel Similes can be seen in the narrators descriptions of her environment as she states that the snowdrifts curled around the house like sleeping whales to bring to attention the howling of the winds Situational irony is evident throughout the story because the narrator despises her mother for being a woman and working in the house but in the end she too develops into a woman and takes on the roles of the title This story of inequality between the sexes appropriately opens with a detailed account of the narrators father The narrator describes every aspect of her fathers life including his occupation and even his friends Throughout this first part of the story the narrators mother is virtually inexistent outside her disapproval of her husbands pelting business The reader is left uncertain about the mothers whereabouts but is aware that the father figure is somewhat of an idol in the narrators mind As a young girl the narrator holding on to her carefree spirit and strong sense of individualism is unaware of the constraints of her gender Although she is the main character the
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