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Teenage Boys Dealing with Current Situations in Regards to Their Futures An Analysis of Theme in Three Stories The short stories AP written by John Updike Pauls Case written by Willa Cather and Im a Fool written by Sherwood Anderson all address the issue of teenage boys dealing with their futures Although the stories are similar in that aspect they are different in that each boy deals with his current situation in regards to his higher goals and dreams in a different way The fictional elements tone symbolism and dramatic irony are used in these short stories There are many similarities and differences in the characters and each of the authors uses a different literary device to express this Updike emphasizes tone in AP Cather emphasizes symbolism in Pauls Case and Anderson emphasizes dramatic irony in Im a Fool John Updikes AP is about a nineteen-year-old boy Sammy who stands up for himself and the changing times of his generation The tone of the story is mostly light and somewhat nostalgic as Updike takes the reader through a teenage boys encounter with three girls in a grocery store where the boy works The girls have just come in from the beach and are wearing bathing suits Queenie the leader of the girls has pulled down the straps of her one piece bathing suit scandalously baring her shoulders Updike describes Sammys feelings about the girls as if he himself were a teenager again remembering what it was like to be nineteen The tone becomes more serious when the owner a friend of Sammys parents embarrasses the girls by telling them that they must have their shoulders covered This event represents the difference between generations and the changing times Because Sammy does not agree with this view he stands up for the girls and for his generation quitting the grocery store which he knew was a job with no future It was Queenie the leader who
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