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Short Story Comparison- AP and An Ounce of Cure 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 arent really related until some analysis is done The stories AP 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 problems the opposite sex causes for the main character In AP Sammy the main character quits his job because he thinks that his boss has mistreated and embarrassed three young ladies that were shopping in the store In An Ounce of Cure the female main characters boyfriend dumps her and she responds by trying to overdose on aspirin gets drunk and loses almost all of her baby-sitting jobs Another similarity between these two stories is the fact that they are set between thirty and forty years ago This is very important to both stories In AP the young ladies wouldnt have been walking around in a store in their bathing suits and they definitely wouldnt have been wearing a two piece bathing suit if this had been set any earlier Also Sammy probably wouldnt have quit his job just because his boss embarrassed a few young ladies In An Ounce of Care the main character would have never thought about drinking at such a young age Also she wouldnt even have been in the situation if the story had been set earlier because she would have been forbidden to 2 date These things have become more acceptable in recent times The titles are also important to the stories In AP Sammy is a clerk at the local AP and almost all of the action takes place inside the store In
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