"Boys and Girls" by Alice Munro - Summary and response

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"Boys and Girls" by Alice Munro - Summary

In "Boys and Girls" by Alice Munro, the narrator as a woman who is telling the first person point of view of when she was a girl. The girl's father was a fox farmer. Every the father killed the foxes that he raised and sold their pelts. The narrator had a little brother, named Laird.

The girl took great pride in the fact that she helped her father with the chores on the farm. The mother tried to get the daughter to work inside doing work deemed appropriate for a lady, however it was not something she enjoyed. Even though the narrator could do more work that her younger brother, she was still under appreciated. One winter when she was eleven years old they had two horses, Mack and Flora. Mack was an old workhorse slow and easy to handle.

Flora was a sorrel mare who was violent and reckless. Narrator's dad decided to kill Mack so he could feed his foxes. The girl felt very uneasy about the death of the horse. Two weeks after it was time for Flora to be killed. The girl tried to save the horse, Flora, by letting her run free, Laird called his father and the hired man who were going to chase the horse. The girl thought that she would be in trouble for letting the horse out.

During dinner, when Laird told everyone what horse run because of the girl, father only replied, "Never mind, she's only a girl."


All "Boys and Girls" story by Alice Munro is about stereotyping sex-role in society. At the time of the story it was normal to think that men and women are not equal. All things which woman...