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Essay Comparing Girl by Jamaica Kincaid and A&P by John Updike

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Comparing Girl from Jamaica Kincaid and A&P by John Updike Within every narrative or poem, there's always an interpretation made by the reader, whether right or wrong. In doing this, an individual has to thoughtfully analyze all elements of the narrative to be able to generate the most precise assessment depending on the literary components the author has used. Compared and contrasted within the two brief stories, "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid, and John Updike's "A&P," the literary elements character and theme are made evident. Both of these components are prominent in each of the differing stories yet similarities are observed through each by analyzing the components. The girls' innocence and naivety as personalities act as passages to demonstrate something superior, oppression in society revealed towards girls that isn't equally shown towards guys. In each short story the character(s) that the writer highlights are young women. This is first evident from the title alone in "Girl" where the title already gives the impression of some universally recognized stereotype as being youthful, and also naïve. Although the name "A&P" does not imply the identical implication, over the story the reader learns quickly that the girls described in the narrative are in fact young, and naive and lacking instruction just as the character from "Girl." Knowing the personalities is crucial because it sheds light on the reasons why they do what they do, and give reason to the plot. In this instance, the figures even grow to be the plot, such as the two short stories referenced. The girls described by Sammy at "A&P," absorb much of the story only by description, making it unmistakable their personality. "...And then the next one, that was not quite so tall. She was the queen. She kind of led them..." (Updike). Momentarily the reader is able to come up with an image of these girls because everybody, young or older, most likely was witness to this type of entourage during middle/high college. The woman being known by Sammy, Queenie, is oblivious to the fact she is stirring up the scene in the store, revealing her naivety. Similarly, at "Girl" the simple fact that the young woman has been given instructions on how to behave as an adolescent woman by her mother, is cause to think she's so inexperienced that her mom felt the instructions were necessary. The girls both haven't attained the expectations society has upon the female population, nor the conseque...

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