Throughout the story there is a sense that the narrator longs to be like other girls

Throughout the story there is a sense that the narrator longs to be like other girls, particularly her friend Lonnie. First the reader is told that the narrator wishes that rather than having her dresses made for her by her mother she wishes that like Lonnie, she could buy her dresses in Beale’s store. Also while she is trying on her dress the narrator tells the reader that again she wishes she was like Lonnie, ‘light-boned, pale and thin.’ This line in particular may be important as Munro could be using it to highlight just how insecure the narrator feels with regard to her own body image, something that becomes clearer to the reader when the narrator describes her body as ‘a great raw lump, clumsy and goose-pimpled.’

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