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Through reading the end of the "Baptizing," can you examine elements such as style, meaning, and literary devices (imagery, symbols, etc.) and relate them to the specific themes in the text, as well as to the context of the work?

At the end of "Baptizing," Del realizes that she must take charge of setting and accomplishing her goals in life. These goals will differ from those that her mother and local boys such as Garnet try to impose on her. The author uses imagery, especially expressed through simile and metaphor, to convey the complexity of Del’s sexual experiences. She also uses irony to convey contradictions between Del’s insights and her youth.

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In “Baptizing,” Alice Munro conveys how the protagonist , Del, changes her attitude toward life as a result of a sexual experience, which in turn led to her doing poorly on a test. Del had believed that the pursuit of higher education, and the success to which it would likely lead, were her own goals as much as those of her mother. When she got together with Garnet French, she also believed that she wanted to have a baby with him. However, the combined experience of having her sexual initiation with Garnet and his demand that she embrace his faith led her to question what their future relationship would be like. In turn, her distracted state...

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