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How are gender roles presented in "Who's Irish?"

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The subject of gender roles is an underlying theme hinted at repeatedly throughout the short story "Who's Irish?" The narrator of the story is an old Chinese woman who is helping to care for her daughter Natalie's child, Sophie. She talks a lot about the men having jobs in a way that makes it clear that she values their ability to fill that particular gender role. She also makes many allusions to the care work that she and her daughter do for their families and husbands. This care work and the fact that she refuses to reference it in more direct terms are both aligned with traditional gender roles. Furthermore, she shows that gender roles are important to her when she acts to enforce shame, obedience, and respectfulness to authority on Sophie through her actions as caretaker.

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