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Essay title: Girl

Within every story or poem, there is always an interpretation made by the reader whether right or wrong. In doing so, one must thoughtfully analyze all aspects of the story in order to make the most accurate assessment based on the literary elements the author has used. Compared and contrasted within the two short stories, ?Girl? by Jamaica Kincaid, and John Updike?s ?A&P,? the literary elements character and theme are made evident. These two elements are prominent in each of the differing stories yet similarities are found through each by studying the elements. The girls? innocence and naivety as characters act as passages to show something superior, oppression in society shown towards women that is not equally shown towards men.

In each short story the character(s) the author highlights are young girls. This is first evident in the title alone in ?Girl? where the title already gives the impression of a universally known stereotype as being young, and naﶥ. Although the title ?A&P? does not suggest the same implication, within the story the reader learns quickly that the girls described in the story are in fact young, and innocent and lacking instruction just as

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