She is often called the regional writer because her fiction frequently centers on the culture of rural Ontario, Canada. In this context, we need to understand the concept of feminism and literature.
At the time of the story, society did not consider men and women equal. Along with that, the name also symbolizes the difference between the sexes when this story took place.
The time when this story took place was a time when men and women were not equal. Mothers had traditional roles, which usually left them in the house, while men also had their roles, outside of the house. The male was the dominant figure in the house, while the woman had to be subservient. It was an off thing to see my mother down at the barn.
She did not often come out of the house unless it was to do something — hang out the wash or dig potatoes in the garden. She looked out of place, with her bare lumpy legs, not touched by the sun, her apron still on and damp across the stomach from the supper dishes. The narrator had problems coming to terms with the role in life that she was expected to lead.
She wanted to work outside with her father doing the work that she deemed important. The mother tried to get the narrator to work inside doing work deemed appropriate for a lady, however it was not something she enjoyed. The narrator was not considered of any consequential help to her father, simply because she was female.
Even though the narrator could do more work than her younger brother, she was still under appreciated. Laird, on the other hand, was able to go out and do the things that he enjoyed.
The whole purpose of this idea was to get Laird in trouble. However, when her parents come and remove Laird from danger, they are actually mad at her, instead of Laird.
This shows how the parents were more concerned with their son and that he could do no wrong. My father came, my mother came, my father went up the ladder talking very quietly and brought Laird down under his arm, at which my mother leaned against the ladder and began to cry.
She is from a time when there were even stricter rules of conduct for girls. She voices what was taught to her when she was a child. At the time of the story, girls were expected to be dainty and quaint, while a man was expected to be the rough and tumble one.
Eventually, she began to change and to become a stereotypical female. He explains to his father and mother how Flora escaped from the yard and also starts listening to his father almost exclusively.
This shows the dominance of males in the society of the time. This shows how his father is the authority figure, that his mother secondary to his father. Even the daughter thinks lowly of the mother in comparison to the father.
Men in this society are the dominant, authoritarian heads of the house-hold whose work is done outside the home. Women are expected to look after the men and their work is done in the home.
The narrator and her brother symbolize the roles of males and females in that society. Laird is allowed to do what he pleases.
Laird is the lord, as a male he is deemed as the more important of the two, simply because of his sex, while the narrator cast into her womanly role, being of secondary importance. Gillian Thomas et al, third ed. Hardcourt Brace,p.Alice Munro's "Boys and Girls" tries to view a young girl's rite of passage into womanhood, through a limited feminist perspective.
The narrator battles with conformity on a 's 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.5/5(2).
The Time of Death, Day of the Butterfly, Boys and Girls, Post Card, Red Dress, Sunday Afternoon, A Trip to the Coast, The Peace of Utrecht and Dance of the Happy Shades. Share on Facebook, opens a new window Share on Twitter, opens a new window Share on LinkedIn Share by email, opens mail client In ‘Selected Stories’ Alice Munro presents women and their place in society in a variety of ways.
Some critics call her a feminist writer, or “a writer on the side of /5(3). Alice Munro’s short story, “Boys and Girls,” has a very interesting detail written into it.
The narrator’s brother is named Laird, which was carefully chosen by the author. Laird is a synonym for lord, which plays a important role in a story where a young girl has society’s unwritten.
1 Munro, Alice, “Boys and Girls,” Introduction to literature, eds. Gillian Thomas et al, third ed. (Toronto: Hardcourt Brace, ), p.
All subsequent references . Sep 20, · Alice Munros Journey Motif in Boys and Girls Many short stories are recognized as milestones in the development of modern realist fiction.
“Boys and Girls” is a short story that evokes a realistic rather than romantic view of a girl’s journey towards finding herself.