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John Updikes stories AP and The Rumor both show Updikes 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 Updikes style of writing I didnt always find it true in both stories As seen in the story AP the first sentence reads In walks these three girls in nothing but bathing suits After reading that sentence I was captivated and found myself reading on It wasnt only the mere mention of girls in bathing suits but the fact that it opened up so many possibilities for the story In The Rumor you are told early on that a nasty rumor involving a young husband and a possible gay lover This made for a good opening and made me want to read on All throughout the story AP your given a voyeuristic view through the eyes of an eighteen year-old check out cashier as he follows a group of under dressed women throughout the store With this you gain a certain amount of knowledge about human behavior in some form Not only the girls but how the young cashier reacts tells about human behavior as Updike interprets it In The Rumor I enjoyed being given a synopsis of the husbands background and details of his marriage from his wife as to decide whether or not he is or has been engaged in a homosexual relationship You are also given so many details concerning his past and many actions he has taken to try and conclude if he truly is gay and if he is in a gay relationship Through this I began to truly understand human activity through the mind of the author The conclusion of AP as it tells
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