Bridge to Terabithia Questions and Answers
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Why did all the boys quit racing in Bridge to Terabithia?

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In Bridge to Terabithia, the boys quit racing when they are beaten by Leslie. The boys are being raised under a patriarchal and misogynistic society that teaches them to believe they are superior to women and, particularly, teaches them to believe that losing in a male-dominated sport to a woman is a humiliation. Girls in Bridge to Terabithia are treated just as girls are treated in our own society—as inferior to men. However, Jess is more interested than the other boys in being friends with Leslie than in treating her in a misogynistic manner.

The two eventually become great friends (after Jess is initially upset about losing to Leslie). Jess's father participates in the typical patriarchal behaviors—as most men do in our societies—and it is particularly impressive that Jess learns to see Leslie as his equal while being raised by a patriarchal father.

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