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Kevin Dowling Approaches to Literature Prof Robertson In her story Boys and Girls Alice Munro depicts the hardships and successes of the rite of passage into adulthood through her portrayal of a young narrator and her brother Through the narrator the subject of the profound unfairness of sex-role stereotyping and the effect this has on the rites of passage into adulthood is presented The protagonist in Munros story unidentified by a name goes through an extreme and radical initiation into adulthood similar to that of her younger brother Munro proposes that gender stereotyping relationships and a loss of innocence play an extreme and often-controversial role in the growing and passing into adulthood for many young children Initiation or the rite of passage into adulthood is according to the theme of Munros story both a mandatory and necessary experience Alice Munros creation of an unnamed and therefore undignified female protagonist proposes that the narrator is without identity or the prospect of power Unlike the narrator the young brother Laird is named - a name that means lord - and implies that he by virtue of his gender alone is invested with identity and is to become a master This stereotyping in names alone seems to suggest that gender does play an important role in the initiation of young children into adults Growing up the narrator loves to help her father outside with the foxes rather than to aid her mother with dreary and
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