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  • Children A Story
    625 words
    Many parents with children know how hard it is to travel on long trips with them. In the short story "The Story Teller" by Saki, an aunt was traveling with 3 little children. When the tries to get the children's attention, the children don't respond to her and continue to disobey her. When a bachelor that was traveling in the same carriage as them starts to tell the offspring's a story, the children, with hesitation at first, start to listen to him with excitement. The bachelor seemed to know wh...
  • Two Short Stories
    820 words
    If a reader is given two short stories, two stories that are seemingly different on the surface, to read and compare and contrast, a surprising amount of similarities and differences can be found. Unless they deal with the same subject matter, most short stories aren't really related, until some analysis is done. The stories "A&P", by John Updike, and "An Ounce of Cure", by Alice Munro, are very similar but very different. One of the mot important similarities between these two stories is the pr...
  • Henry And The Girl's Father
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    Everyone wonders at some point in their life why they became the person they are. Most people like to believe they had a choice in determining who they would eventually become. However, the stereotype of gender in the society had predetermined what we are. There is an assumption that men's work are always done by men and women can never takeover men's work even though women are more qualified in many cases. In Alice Munro's Boys and Girls, the character of Henry Bailey represents the nature of a...
  • Lay Choo
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    The main character in the story is the taxi cab driver, he was a born Singaporean who's been residing there since birth and been a taxi cab driver for almost twenty year, he's one of your usual taxi cab driver that has many things to discuss. In the story he spoke things about Singapore from his time to present time, he said Singapore used to be simple and peaceful, not much crowded with cars and buses and many changes took place, but the main element that rises in the story is about prostitutio...
  • Girls Hair
    505 words
    THE RAPE OF THE LOCK In this story Pope is having fun with an unserious situation which is happening between 2 families. The story is about a lord and a girl who play cards. At the end of the game the girl wins and the Lord couldn't handle the situation and cuts off the girl's hair. After that the girl gets shocked and terrified because her hair, her outlook seems to be the most important thing in her life, no one will think that she is beautiful without her hair. She becomes sick, well not real...
  • Sammy's Future
    295 words
    I feel that one of the major themes in A&P is that of choices and consequences. In the story Sammy acted in the heat of the moment, not really thinking things through. He stood up for the way the girls were being treated, and while doing that he quite his job. Sammy is still very young and has a lot to learn, but he stuck to his guns. He may have quite his job without a real good reason, but he showed he was a man. When I say that, I mean he didn't try to weasel his way out of what he said. So t...
  • Kind Of Girl
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    The Disillusionment of Love " Araby' by James Joyce and "A and P ' by John Updike are both short stories in which the central characters are in love with women who don't even know it. The Araby story started sad and ended sadder, however, the "A and P" story started happy and ended with a heroic act that went unnoticed. The main characters are both experience new situations and truths of which they were not previously aware. Both stories will be examined with contemplation according to the type ...
  • Real True Life Accounts Story
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    Chris Roberts 12-7-99 College Writing Ms. Dillon Comparisons of Real and Fiction While reading the book Theft by Joyce Carol Oates I found that often enough or for the whole time I did not think that the story was fiction at all. It drew me into its reality and then gave it an ending for me to rest on. The biggest part of this story to making someone think it is a real true life story of someones, was the ending when it told what happened to everyone, That fall, Mayra learned that Imogene was li...
  • American Man And The Girl
    557 words
    The Simple Operation Ernest Hemingway's short story "Hills Like White Elephants" is a story about a couple who are having some trouble in their relationship. The main characters in the story are an American man and a girl. The whole story is mostly a dialogue between the couple. They are trying to have a fine time, but there is a tension between them and some kind of operation needs to be done. The operation can easily be done and if it's going to happen it will be done on the girl. In the story...
  • Updike's Stories A P And The Rumor
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    John Updike's stories 'A&P'; and 'The Rumor'; both show Updike's style of writing. Each work in the beginning captivates the reader and stimulates the natural sense of curiosity, as it draws you into the story. Both widen and deepen the knowledge of human activity as well. At the end of each story you are given a sensation of completeness. This being Updike's style of writing, I didn't always find it true in both stories. As seen in the story 'A&P'; the first sentence reads 'In walks these three...
  • Reader With Two Contrasting Hills
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    Ernest Hemingway's short story 'Hills Like White Elephants' relies on symbolism to carry the theme of either choosing to live selfishly and dealing with the results, or choosing a more difficult and selfless path and reveling in the rewards. The symbolic materials and the symbolic characters aid the reader's understanding of the subtle theme of this story. The hills symbolize two different decisions that the pregnant girl in our story is faced with. Both hills are completely opposite of each oth...
  • Author's Main Character In The Story
    597 words
    As the old saying goes, "an ounce of cure is worth a pound of prevention". I believe that this is what the author thought of when choosing the title for this story. There is a lot of wisdom found in these words that is usually only realized after the fact. This reminds me of another old saying that I think also applies to this story - "Hindsight is twenty-twenty". How many times have we thought, "if only I knew then what I know now"? Would we have made the same choices? This question is difficul...
  • Adolescent Girl By Her Mother
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    Within every story or poem, there is always an interpretation made by the reader whether right or wrong. In doing so, one must thoughtfully analyze all aspects of the story in order to make the most accurate assessment based on the literary elements the author has used. Compared and contrasted within the two short stories, "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid, and John Updike's "A&P", the literary elements character and theme are made evident. These two elements are prominent in each of the differing stori...
  • Girls Walk
    990 words
    bjbjt+t+ John Updike once said, "Man lacks grace because he has retreated from responsibility into sensuality". Sammy, the protagonist in Updike's short story, "A&P", is a perfect literary representation of this quote. During the course of "A&P", he runs from every responsibility he has, just to make himself feel better. He gets distracted from his duties at work and makes mistakes because he is busy gawking at some girls, and he ultimately quits those duties simply to try to impress those girls...
  • Tale Of Pocahontas
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    A young Powhatan woman who d welled amongst English settlers in the early 1600's left a lingering impact on history that puzzles us today. The tale of Pocahontas, has caused much controversy due to invalid documentation and bias historical sources which can not be trusted. As historians attempt to explain the life of this young Native American girl, they discover that there are many angles on which the story can be examined and interpreted. There are countless variations of the Pocahontas story ...
  • Three Girls Behind His Register
    565 words
    The short story "A & P" by John Updike is a descriptive short story. Updike writes the story from a viewpoint of a young man, about 19 years old, named Sammy who works as a cashier at a supermarket. The story contains many descriptive phrases about the three young girl's flesh. For example, .".. a chunky kid, with a good tan and a sweet broad soft-looking can with those two crescents of white just under it, where the sun never seems to hit, at the top of the backs of her legs" (14). I found this...
  • Story From A Little Girl
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    In the short story, ^aEURoeDaddy^aEUR, by Jan Clausen, the narrator is a young girl with divorced parents. She lives with her biological mother, who is now a lesbian. The mother has a female friend named Carolyn. Carolyn,'s relationship with the mother is not clearly defined, but one can assume she is the mother,'s new lover. Sundays are the days when the little girl goes to her father,'s house, and spends her time with him. The father is in a serious relationship with a lady named Ellen. The st...
  • Character Of Mrs Thorn
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    In the story "The Orchard Walls", the author, Ruth Rendell, introduces the character of Mrs. Thorn. Throughout the story, Mrs. Thorn plays the role of many parts, some of which include friend to the main girl of the story, a teacher of new hobbies, and the rule enforcer. But, perhaps the most influential part portrayed is that of law enforcer. Mrs. Thorn is not a static character. The readers can clearly notice the significant changes she goes through from being the hospitable woman of the house...
  • T Like Stories
    539 words
    Although Short, "A & P' is Big on Enjoyment I enjoy stories that are long and involved. However, the short story "A & P' by John Updike is a wonderful exception to this rule. Updike writes the story from a viewpoint of what I believe to be a younger, more contemporary person. The story contains many other enjoyable attributes, such as the comments about young girls flesh. I found the story to be a good read and although I typically don t like stories that are short and uninvolved, I was able to ...
  • Sammy In John Updike's Short Story
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    One of the most important and difficult decisions an author has to make is how to present a character in a story to a reader. In A&P, John Updike uses Sammy's thoughts to create his character and also helps to bring out the theme onto a level at which the reader could connect to the story. The figurative language used by Updike in A&P creates a certain mood and atmosphere in Sammy's head. In the story, Sammy makes up names for everybody some of which are bums, sheep, cash-register-watchers, and ...

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