Analysis of Two Stories

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John Updike’s stories “A&P” and “The Rumor” both show Updike’s 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 Updike’s style of writing, I didn’t always find it …

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…girls were long gone not even being effected by the cashier’s valiant stand. As “The Rumor” concludes I was given a sense that the rumor itself was not true, but to the husband Frank it had sparked a realization to himself to possibly change his future thinking and actions. The end while although a bit of a teaser did complete a statement in saying that you can’t believe all the rumors you hear.