What are 6 symbols and images in the short story "Boys and Girls" by Alice Munro?

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In "Boys and Girls” by Alice Munro, there are two sets of contrasting themes: life and death and masculine and feminine—or boys and girls. The author goes into detail discussing the foxes that the narrator’s father raises for their pelts. The reader visualizes the image of the foxes in their pens. “Alive, the foxes” had faces that were “drawn exquisitely sharp in pure hostility, and their golden eyes.” This picture is contrasted with the imagery of their dead, skinless bodies after the father has killed them:

my father scraped away delicately, removing the little clotted webs of blood vessels, the bubbles of fat...

Despite this somewhat gruesome image, the narrator, “found it reassuringly seasonal, like the smell of oranges and pine needles.” This is a symbol of her acceptance of the killing rituals of the farm when she is very young. Moreover, the image of the horse’s entails conveys just how mundane killing was on the farm: “Last summer Laird and I had come upon a...

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