Wing Chips

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Wing's Chips, by Mavis Gallant, is a story that points out stereotypes amongst social classes in cultural groups in Canada. This story points out in particular the stereotype between the French and the English in Quebec. In the story, a young, English girl lives with her father in a French-Canadian town. Besides the fact that her father was an English man, he also didn't conform to the norm of a working man. He was a painter and was not a catholic man. Near the end of the story, a powerful, French family asked the father if he would paint them a sign for their new store. Everyone loved the sign, and thought it was the most beautiful sign that they had ever seen. The young girl felt that the sign proved that her and her father were just as ordinary as the other French families.
I think that in this story, the point that the author was trying to make is that the father was trying to conform to society but was simply doing what he had always done; painting. By painting a sign for a powerful family, he becomes accepted in the society. The father didn't change who he was, but was accepted anyways.
I believe that the author choose to have the narrator as a young child because child because children are seen as innocent. This way, the child is only accustom to what she has grown up in. She has only ever known the difference between the French and the English, and has always wanted to feel

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