How does the setting have an impact on the interaction of the characters in the story "Boys and Girls" by Alice Munro?

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Boys and Girls” by Alice Munro is set on a fox farm in the early twentieth century, where a young girl lives with her parents and younger brother Laird.  On a traditional farmstead, the roles for men and women are very sharply divided, and it is before this backdrop that the narrator must discover what it means to be a “girl” in such a society.  This setting is ideal to display such a contrast, due to these fixed, gender-dependent responsibilities, and the narrator learns over the course of the story that these conventions are non-negotiable. 

At the beginning of the story the narrator is a bit of a tomboy – she much prefers helping her father outside around the farm to assisting with domestic matters inside with her mother, much to...

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