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Descriptive language in the stories “Boys & Girls”, “Cat in the Rain”, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and the poem “A Far Cry from Africa”. Descriptive language is a literary tool used by many great writers. We clearly see this in the stories “Boys & Girls”, “Cat in the Rain”, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and the poem “A Far Cry from Africa”. Through the use of metaphors, imagery, similes and symbolism, the authors present their issues more effectively. We see that in all these stories, descriptive language is used to demonstrate how a characters identity predicament can lead to overall crisis.
“Boys & Girls” by Alice Munro is about a girl that struggles against societies ideas of how a girl should be. She tries to become the opposite of the conventional role that society has set in place for women but is in many ways restricted. Critic Marlene Goldman writes, “This image of the enclosure and the concomitant distinction between inside and outside (indoor and outdoor) recur throughout the text.” I would agree with this quote. We see in the story that women are kept on the inside where they are restricted as oppose to the outdoors, which in many ways represent freedom. While the girl loved the work outside she hated to do the ‘woman’s work’ inside. She disliked her mother for making her do it, and believed that her mother only made her do it because she didn’t like it. She didn’t like anything about this work. “She hated the hot dark kitchen, and thought that work was endless, depressing and unimportant.” Her yearning for the outside represents her need for freedo...


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Goldman, Marlene. “Boys & Girls” 1990. 21 Apr. 2008 http://galenet.galegroup.com.citytech.ezproxy.cuny.edu:2048/servlet/LitRC?locID=cuny_nytc&srchtp=ttl&c=2&stab=512&ai=U13024837&docNum=H1420022933&bConts=4199103&vrsn=3&TI=boys+and+girls&OP=starts&TQ=TW&ca=1&ste=57&tab=2&tbst=trp&n=10&wi=1096969

Lindsay, Clarence. “Cat in the Rain” Fall 97. 21 Apr. 2008. http://web.ebscohost.com.citytech.ezproxy.cuny.edu:2048/ehost/detail?vid=3&hid=107&sid=eda3b0f8-a907-4284-845e-7745e9a7e100%40sessionmgr109


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