English Short Genres: Boys and Girls Munro
Tuesday’s class- “The Glass Mountain” as well as Andrew Lang’s retelling f the fairy tale on Avenue to
learn web links.
- Alice Munro referring to short stories as houses rather than journeys
- Initiation Story: the main character, usually a child or adolescent, undergoes an experience (or rite of
passage) that prepares him or her for adulthood.
- Setting (place & time): Huron County farm post 1945 after the Second World War, house/barn,
bedroom/ hallway, inside/ outside
- Narrator speaks about Second World War throughout the story
- In the story, a complication arises early which is the mother’s unhappiness. She is unhappy that the
skinning of the animals occurs in her house (as she refers to, her sphere)
- Jubilee is a fictional location; rather Munro refers to it being in Huron County, Ontario
- Antagonist relationship
- Odour of the foxes was reassuringly seasonal; according to the daughter. She found this as a pleasant
- Barn and the house seen as unified by the daughter, however as the story goes on barn and house
become set against each other
- Girl and house are being connected by the mother (mother states that it’s like she doesn’t have a
daughter because she is never in the house rather always in the barn). Mother is making a statement
that women belong in the house.
- House is the domain of woman; barn is the domain of men (made evident throughout the story)
- Setting is an active participant in demonstrating the divide between gender roles that are evident in
- Bedroom is also a place that is initially shared and then becomes divided
- Daughter feels fearful within inside, not outside
Labour- rural & seasonal, quite gender divided in this particular time and place of Munro’s story