Gorilla, My Love with All the Boys and Girls: Stories of Betrayal

Topics: Girl, Boy, Betrayal Pages: 3 (1206 words) Published: May 23, 2011
Gorilla, My Love With All The Boys and Girls: Stories of Betrayal

“Gorilla, My Love” by Toni Cade Bambara and “Boys and Girls” by Alice Munro are known as initiation stories. These kinds of stories usually end with the main character reaching a “moment of illumination” (p.504). By the end of the story, they tend to either grow as a person or gain personal knowledge. “Gorilla, My Love” and “Boys and Girls” also have a common theme: betrayal. The main characters of both these stories are exposed to being betrayed using different experiences they have during their stories. In “Boys and Girls” we are introduced to a young, tomboyish girl who has problems coming to terms with the life she is expected to lead. The story takes place in a world where women were subservient and the men were in charge. “Mothers had traditional roles, which usually left them in the house, while men also had their roles, outside of the house.” (Alice Munro Boys and Girls Essays) She identifies more with her father who is a fox farmer who sells fox skin to fur traders. However, she sees her mother as an “enemy” who continually tries to “convert” her to become a domestic wife. (Boys and Girls) “She was plotting now to get me to stay in the house more, although she knew I hated it (because she knew I hated) and keep me from working for my father.” (p. 513) She continually expresses her annoyance with her mother and how everyone tries to make her act “more like a lady”. “' Girls don't slam doors like that'. 'Girls keep their knees together when the sit down.' And worse still, when I asked some questions, 'That's none of girls' business.'” (p. 514) The story revolves around two horses, Mack and Flora, who are to be butchered for their meat to feed the foxes by their father. When Flora gets loose and tries to run away the little girl does nothing to try to stop her and lets her run right through the gate and out of the farm. Flora is eventually caught and then butchered anyway. This is where...
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