Beggar Maid: Stories of Flo and Rose [Who Do You Think You are?]

by Alice Munro
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How is the social position of women exemplified in "Who Do You Think You Are?" Original question: Where, in the noval Who do you think you are? are women portrayed to be socially lower? Editor note: "Who do you think you are?" is a short story in a short story collection, not a novel.

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"Who Do You Think You Are" is an iconic short story by Alice Munro that is often cited as a quintessential portrait of the Canadian character, and especially the "tall poppy syndrome." The basic plot involves a young woman who is outstanding a certain type of schoolwork. This violates the...

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"Who Do You Think You Are" is an iconic short story by Alice Munro that is often cited as a quintessential portrait of the Canadian character, and especially the "tall poppy syndrome."

The basic plot involves a young woman who is outstanding a certain type of schoolwork. This violates the social norm in which young girls are not expected to stand out in any way, nor to surpass their male peers in academic achievement.

That the teacher her punishes her is also female suggests that women become complicit in oppression of women by internalization of patriarchal attitudes.

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