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Soheb Maredia Dr. Christine Berni Essay 3: Comparison and Contrast English Comp 2 April 7, 2010. People are different and their reactions to life’s events are different as well. There are two types of people: people who get experience from somebody else’s mistakes, learning from those mistakes, and people who learn from their own experience, making their own mistakes. The proverb “Through suffering comes wisdom” shows the lack of maturity in characters of both stories. The two stories John Updike's "A & P" and T. Coraghessan Boyle's "Greasy Lake" show good examples of how young people get to know their mistakes from their life experiences. "A & P" is about a nineteen-year-old boy working at a grocery shop who stands up against the manager trying to defend and impress the girls who are indecently dressed. Whereas “Greasy Lake" is a story of several nineteen-year old youths who play a prank on a bad character and experience what real bad characters can do. Both stories “A&P” and “Greasy Lake” represent a much larger process of maturation from adolescent to adulthood. There are several conflicts in the stories "A&P" and “Greasy Lake.” In the story A&P, the major external conflict is between Sammy and the supermarket manager, Lengel. There is a conflict between what the girls think is appropriate clothing for the supermarket and what Lengel thinks. The store manager chastises them, and in their defense Sammy stands up. When Sammy quits his job and the girls do not respond to his 'heroic" actions, he realizes "how hard the world was going to be to [him] hereafter''. There is also an internal conflict for Sammy in regards to being a teenager. Sammy was very much still in "teenager" age, meaning that he did not consider the seriousness of 1
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quitting his job and the consequences that would come along with it. We come across a similar situation in the story “Greasy Lake” where the young boys in the story commit a mistake and are now in a battle to overcome not only natures obstacles, but obstacles within themselves. The narrator is seen thinking within himself, asking questions and searching for answers. The thoughts of police and jail in the mind
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