Study Questions for “Help Wanted” by Karen Russell [2005]

In Russell’s story, each of her creations, the Mer-Girl, the Bat Girl, the Centaur Girl, and the Girl-Girl, seem to represent some aspect of women in culture.  Consider how each passage on each girl might be commenting on gender issues and society’s expectations for women’s behaviors in culture.

What aspects of gendered relationships does each “girl” and her profession represent?