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Comparing two stories by John Updike The two stories I read by John Updike were called AP and The Rumor In comparing the two male characters AP s Sammy and The Rumors Frank I came to the conclusion that they are completely different Sammy stood up for something he thought was important and Frank came to realize the fact that he is gay but will not admit that to his wife The main male character in AP Sammy is totally captivated by the beauty of a girl he calls Queenie When Queenie and her two friends come into the store they violate the dress code The manager who tells them that the way they are dressed is not expectable confronts the girls and makes them feel embarrassed and Queenie starts to get plush red Sammy whos so intrigued by the girl cannot say anything to prevent the remarks made by the manager The hormone driven teen Sammy in his mind has to say or do something and does he tell the manager he quits Sammy quit his job because he wanted to let the manager know how he felt After saying that he quit he felt that there was no backing out and he had to go through with leaving his job Sammy tells the manager that he didnt have to embarrass them p82 The character Frank is a middle-aged man who is married to his wife and also works with her in their Art Gallery Frank is rumored to be gay and his wife throughout the story is looking for signs to prove that Frank is gay Towards the end of the story Frank rumors is put to rest when a fellow art dealer admits he started it But Frank isnt phased by the whole gay thing and really doesnt care what people think of him When he regains his wifes trust he starts to wonder and have thoughts about men
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