Response to Alice Munro, “Boys and Girls”

Responseto Alice Munro, “Boys and Girls”

Responseto Alice Munro, “Boys and Girls”

AliceMunro’s book “Boysand Girls”brings to light the issue of job position among females and males inthe society. The girls do the work from inside the house whereas theboys work from outside. This is evidenced by the narrator’s motherwho is working from inside and the father’s outside duties. I agreewith the authors view as the same reflects the position of girls indifferent societies around the globe. The society conflicts with thenarrator since she resists behaving in the manner that conforms tothe society norms. Here, the narrator’s actions are in line with myview that both males and females should be given equal opportunitieswithout discrimination. An undercurrent of gender identificationclearly defines the girl’s role for her parents. Her mothercomplains that whenever she turns her back the girl runs off (Alice,2013). She clearly prefers working with her father than she does withher mother. The narrator sees her mother as her enemy because shefears that when she grows a little older she will be forced to doinside chores, which she clearly hates. She finds the work in thehouse as “endless, dreary, and peculiarly depressing (Alice,2013).” The conflict is resolved at the end of the story when thenarrator helps the horse, Flora, escape to evade the terrible fate ofbeing slaughtered. The only person who sees her is her brother whoreveals it to the rest of the family at dinner table. The narratorbegins to cry but her father blushes it off saying she is just agirl. In this case, girls are allowed to certain delicate emotions ina way boys are not. The narrator sees that there are some benefits tobeing a female when she says, “I didn’t protest that, even in myheart. Maybe it was true (Alice, 2013).” In essence, the book notesthat people should follow the society’s rules to be accepted. Itend to disagree with the narrator’s position to be treated withexception because she is a girl. In my perspective, there should beequal treatment to all circumstances for both men and women. Femalesare seen as a weaker sex and are not given the same opportunities asmen. The girls are not valued as boys are, that is why they are giventhe inside chores, which involve cleaning and cooking because theycannot cope with the outside duties. However, my opinion is that thesociety should give equal roles to both genders.

References

Alice,M. (2013). “Boysand Girls”.