Write a well-developed essay (about three double-spaced pages plus an additional Works Cited page) about the following topic. First, choose one of the following stories: • Updike “A&P” • O’Brien “The Things They Carried” • Carver “Cathedral” • Munro “Boys and Girls” Next, using O’Brien’s comments about good storytelling from his article “Telling Tails”, answer this question: Would O’Brien believe that the story you chose is a “good” story? You are discussing your story in light of O’Brien’s comments. You will need to quote from both. For this question, the important thing is the WHY! Convince me. Illustrate your choice with SPECIFIC EXAMPLES (from both the story you choose and from O’Brien’s comments about good storytelling…) Follow directions and be sure to go into detail. The deeper you “dig” into your search for connections between O’Brien’s comments and the story, the better you’ll do on this assignment. Remember, it is impossible to do well on this paper without specific examples and direct quotations from the stories.
MUNRO “BOYS AND GIRLS”