In a number of ways, the protagonist of “Fearless” is out of harmony with her surroundings. Her disagreement with her mother’s view of gender roles, and those of 1960s society, place the writer firmly outside her community. This is developed as she grows up and refuses to change her approach to male attitudes to women. The characterisation of the little girl as a rebel, and the imagery used to show her anger at her mother, both underpin this lack of harmony. The success of the story lies in its defiance – the protagonist may not be in harmony with her society, but she refuses to change simply to fit in. As such, being a rebel may be about saying “no”, but it is also about being willing to kick at something which threatens you.