What does the story tell us about male-female relationships? According to the speaker, what roles are women and men expected to play? What kinds of power, if any, does the speaker suggest that women may have?

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Although the primary speaker is never named, the voice of the piece almost certainly belongs to a mother, instructing her young daughter in the ways she should behave in order to fulfill her expected role in society. Through her detailed instructions, we understand that a woman's role is one of domestication in this setting. The girl is not expected to learn lessons of independence, education, or creativity but instead is

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