book when she says, “I was very religious about other children, and I wanted so much to believe that they could save me. I had tried to be rescued by the most powerless group in the world. Children were neither real nor dependable.”(O’Neil 307). Might she have thought differently if she were a boy? Maybe because she is girl she is more inclined to make strong judgements about whether or not that a person is dependable. Baby’s attitude toward adult men in the story changed at times depending on who it was but overall she saw them as dependable. She expresses this attitude when she mentions, “Alphonse was real. He was the one who would make sure that he was in my life. He was, unfortunately, the one who was strong enough to fight for me.”(O’Neil 307). This is showing the patriarchy in which men hold positions of power over women. It makes sense that Baby must depend on those with power as she is not only a girl but also a child. I think the main perspective to see however is that if Baby had been a boy, she
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