Alice Munro

Alice Munro’s short story, Boys and Girls, has a

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 rules forced upon her. At the […]

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Master Harold… And The Boys

Athol Fugard’s drama, “Master Harold” . . . And The Boys, was written during a time of great conflict in South Africa, where he was raised. Fugard was torn between his mother, who was “Afrikaaner,” (1291) and his father, who was “of English decent” (1291). These differing influences caused Fugard to use the discussions between […]

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“The Bedford Boys”

Few dates in history have seen tragedy comparing to the June 6, 1944. Many American families and towns grieved the losses of the D-Day. Perhaps the most affected town is the tiny town of Bedford, Virginia, with approximately 3000 inhabitants. Bedford lost nineteen sons on that fateful day and other three people before the war […]

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“Bad Boys to Good Men”

The term “Bad Boys to Good Men” is used by Kipnis to refer to the change of the course that he took in order to live a meaningful adult life altogether. In the book, he narrates the experience he had as a young teenager who after beating at home left for streets, foster homes, as […]

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Boys’ Code of Conduct

In the article “How Boys Become Men”, written by John Katz, he analyzes situations he experienced while growing up. Katz believes that boys become men by not showing fear or feelings and not ratting on others. As in the novel, The Other Wes Moore, both Weses are forced to become men at an early age. […]

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Gender and Realization in “Boys and Girls” by Alice Munro

Gender Roles and stereotyping are two prominent themes in literature.  However, for families living on a farm during a time when everyone worried about money, differences between boys and girls were more practical than society.

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