“An Ounce of Cure” by Alice Munro

Posted: August 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

I. Summary:

The story “An Ounce of Cure” by Alice Munro is a story portraying the life of a teenage girl. The story unfolds events that will eventually present the decisions a typical teenager will make and the consequences to their actions. The story presents the main character of the story as a typical teenage girl who falls in love, and eventually gets her heart broken and devastated. As a result, her devastation leads her to making a horrible decision and has to face the consequences of her actions.

II. Theme: Growing up

In the story “An Ounce of Cure,” the author Alice Munro vividly explores the theme growing up in the story. The main character is presented as being naive and overly dramatic. Many statements made in the beginning of the story by the teenage girl’s mother express the depth of her daughter’s immaturity and lack of self control. Consequently, the poor decisions she makes forces her to grow up under the supervision of her mother, ensuring that she faces the consequences of her actions when she gets out of line. After the teenage girl is caught drinking alcohol while babysitting, she regrets what she has done and moves on from the mistake she made earlier. In conclusion, the character did what she thought would get rid of her unwanted mental state, but she didn’t get that at all, instead she gained knowledge and growth in the process.  As a result, she is granted the ability to deal with life’s issues and move on from them.

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