Yozshuzilkree By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. She learned from her mistake and she did not let it destroy the rest of her life. The theme is the growing process and that is exactly what the narrator experiences. These elements are what I consider to be the important elements in this story. Teenagers often exaggerate their tragedies as their insecurities hit them hard which result in sometimes towards life threatening.

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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. The story starts off pretty normal with the narrator going to school and earning money by babysitting around town.

At this point she has a reputation as the responsible babysitter. After dating a boy from school for two weeks he breaks up with her and she spirals out of control. She starts with contemplating suicide more and more often and eventually tries a couple of times. When the Berrymans arrive home to find their babysitter drunk and alone with their kids, needless to say she was fired and lost most of her clients. After that she was known all over town as the suicidal alcoholic ex-babysitter.

I found it interesting that author Alice Munro made the narrator an adult looking back on how her life was as a teenager. Because the story is narrated in a past tense I did not feel as much of a connection with narrator as I would have if she was a teenager.

Munro most likely made the narrator an adult to give her some credibility throughout the story. If she had been a teenager you might not believe most of what she said during the story because most people think teenagers are liars or exaggerate the tiniest detail.

I also thought it was interesting how fast the author escalated the situation from a breakup to contemplating suicide to drinking on the job. Maybe Munro was trying to illustrate to others that no matter how bad things get they could be worse.

Chances are your situation will never be bad enough to want to kill yourself or drown yourself in someone lses alcohol while babysitting their children.

I think that if the narrator had been a teenage girl discussing a situation that happened pretty recently, the story would be boring and readers would have less to think about and interpret on. The narrator falls in love with a boy named Martin Collingwood who breaks up with her for another girl.

She gets caught by the parents who take her home to tell her parents. Surprisingly after this incident, she is over her obsession with Martin. She goes on with her life and years later as an adult sees Martin and in her mind laughs over her stupidity. She speaks about her adolescent infatuation with Martin Collingwood. After they broke up she becomes depressed and melodramatic about the situation.

She ends up getting drunk and calling her friends to help her. Barryman takes her home and she tells her mother what happened. From there on out her social life was essentially dead. At the end of the story she is a grown, married, mother of two children for several years now and sees Martin at a funeral. She has no desire to be in his life anymore. The narrator signed an abstinence pledge in the seventh grade.

As for her parents, her father would drink a beer on a hot day, which he consumed out of sight. Her mother never drinks alcohol. Her mother wanted her daughter to remain innocent and believes the outside world is dangerous.

The narrator is a responsible young lady who likes to gossip. She is like most other teenage girl in her town. Then, the narrator meets a boy named Martin Collingwood at a drama club sponsored by her school. Martin was her Prince Charming, and she falls in love with the young man.

She receives a memorable first kiss, and she does not wash her face for days after the joyful incident.

Unfortunately, two months later Martin dumps her for another girl in drama club. The girl is left with an emotional bruise on her heart. She started weeps for Martin, spending hours thinking about the boy. She then re-enacts in her head over and over again. She then becomes severely depressed. One night she plans to swallow all the aspirin in the bathroom cabinet, but stops at the sixth pill. Each pill represents each stage in her life: sorrow, anguish, depression, heartbreak, confusion and frustration.

Her mother notices that something is wrong with her daughter. Her mother tells her the break up is for the best. The narrator has to babysit for the Berrymans one Saturday. While there, looks for a can of soda in the kitchen. To her, the alcohol is like finding hidden treasure. It symbolizes breaking away from the norm, and easing her heartbreak. She then becomes drunk. Even though her actions based upon human curiosity, however the result of it was reckless.

Kay, who is a mutual friend, hands her a cup of coffee, which symbolizes being awake, a new beginning, and a fresh start in the morning. She then realizes that what she has done in the past few days has been a mistake. Many teenagers today tend to exaggerate their tragedies; making a mountain out of a molehill. She felt it was childish to even think about taking her own life over a silly boy.

The theme of this story is self acceptance. Even though we have problems in the present, we must move on with our lives, and make good choices for the future. The narrator is battling against society because of the idealized reputation that the town had given her. The narrator is dynamic; she changed dramatically from the beginning to the end. She went from being a naive teenage girl to a mature young lady who took responsibility for her actions.

The narrator does get updates on Martin, but she does not meet him face to face. She is not bothered by him anymore. She grows up, physically and emotionally. Many of us can relate to this particular story because we all have experienced a situation where, at the moment, we can only look at the problem from one angle.

When we look at problems from a bigger picture, a broader perspective; realize that problems are only temporary. The narrator learned from her mistake and now has a brighter future.

The main character is presented as being naive and overly dramatic. 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. Characters The narrator is the main character of the story. She is young naive girl who falls in love and gets her heart-broken. She then becomes obsessed with the boy and acts out by drinking to try to forget him.

This incident works because after that night she could careless about the boy again. Martin Collingwood is the boy the narrator feel in love with. He was in the Drama club and that is where he met the girl he broke up with the narrator for.

She is also the one the narrator calls to come help her when she gets sick from drinking. It was their alcohol the narrator drank after they left to go out. Kay Stinger is the girl Joyce brought with her to help with the narrator. She helped clean her up and made her coffee.

After the drinking incident, this just seemed to confirm the mothers thoughts of her daughter, and it soon gets all around town. The description of the drunken escapade seems to be very traumatic for the narrator.

She describes it as a very intense, moment. She describes what movements she does remember as murky and uncertainty. The language she uses is not of a humorous type, but more of a serious, or kind of sickly nature.

Her sentences are short and sort of absent-minded; but not in a funny way. I am sure that at the time she felt different, but now she looks back at it as a learning experience. As an adult now she presents the details that will shape the plot as one of a positive note, instead of negative. She takes a breakup, her first drank, and the horrible social effects on her and turns it all into a message with good. The daughter and mother relationship in the beginning is very unstable.

The whole town now knows of her bad relationship with Martin, but this seems to prove helpful to the narrator overall. The humor is a device we often use to cover up our genuine horror. Sure, every once in a while her father had a beer, but he drank it outside of the house, and her mother never joined him. In their small town, most people lived the same way. Something happened to our narrator, though, at a young age, something that not only alienated her from her friendships, her work, and her community, but also from her own mother.

She missed him, but her real torture started when she saw him playing Mr. She even took some steps toward suicide. You can guess what happens. This poor girl, who drank hoping for a change in mood, ends up plastered, dangerously so considering the mixture she concocted and the amount she drank.


An Ounce of Cure by Alice Munro: Summary & Analysis

This story starts out with the narrator and her boyfriend breaking-up. She is very sad. While there, she drinks some of their liquor. After a few drinks, she begins to throw-up. She calls Joyce, her best friend, to come over and help her.


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