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Alice Munros Boys and Girls attempts to use a limited feminist approach to convey a young girls rite of passage into womanhood Although the story has a strong viewpoint on the differences of a man and woman the story also portrays the subtle differences emotionally between the two often emotions that a child or adolescent cannot fight Munro is found to use the relationship that the child shares with her mother and her father to communicate her own feelings about growing up The approach that Munro used only sparks the readers interest by leaving the storys end quite open-ended The question remains is if the child chose to become what was expected of her or did her family influence the change Munros short story begins with the opening line My father was a fox farmer From there the author goes on to tell in detail of the childs father His job his friends and even the way her father and friend affected her sleeping at nights were all laid out for the reader Throughout the first part of the story the girls mother remains seemingly untouched outside her burst of sickness towards the pelting business her husband ran The way that Munro told the story only enhanced the portrayal of the father figure as somewhat of an idol in the girls mind For example Munro is quoted Nevertheless I worked willingly under his eyes and with a feeling of pride The time that the two spent together is written in great detail and each aspect of her fathers business follows the same route while the reader is left uncertain of the whereabouts of the mother Laird the girls brother is very young in the beginning of the progression and is also unaware of his genders taught feelings about the world Munro showed the young boy this way to enhance the significance of the girls growth Laird sang with his sister at night Laird sang Jingle
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