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The short story Boys and Girls written by Alice Munro was written in a first-person point of view The main character Alice is a static character She is the oldest child in the family and has a younger brother Laird Alice is very helpful around the house with her mother but tends to disappear from the house to help her father outside which she enjoys best Alive has quite the imagination At night she would make up rules for her brother and herself such as we had rules to keep us safe When the light was on we were safe as long as we did not step off the square of worn carpet which defined our bedroom-space when the light was off no place was safe but the beds themselves Alice loves her mother but also has a lack of trust for her and at times considers her to be her enemy She overhears her mother saying Wait till Laird gets a little bigger then youll have a real help And I just get my back turned and she runs off Its not like I had a girl in the family at all Alice thinks to herself She was always plotting She was plotting now to get me to stay in the house more although she knew I hated it because she knew I hated it and keep me from working with my father Alice is afraid that she is going to grow up to become a housewife just like her mother She hates being in the house all day cooped up in the kitchen peeling fruit and washing dishes She prefers to be outside working with her father cutting the grass raking the leaves and taking care of the foxes Curiosity and rebelliousness led Alice into trouble with her parents When she held the gate open for the horse at the end of the story her father lost some respect
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