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An Ounce of Cure

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Mikaela Lewis-Charron

on 2 June 2014

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Actual Analysis
Title: The title is symbolic because typically hard alcohol is served in ounce form (one average shot equals one ounce), and to the unnamed main character, the alcohol that she consumes is her "cure".
Most of the story is pretty straightforward, but there are a few things that could be helpful for readers to know. First of all, many people do know what the novel Pride and Prejudice is, and in this particular story it's referenced in play form. For those who don't know what it is, it's a novel written in 1813 by Jane Austen. It deals with matters of upbringing and obviously prejudices.

Also, in today's society we see alcohol as normal but what must be understood is that in the past, alcohol was not as prominent as it is today.
Edward Scissorhands - We relate this short story to Edward Scissorhands because of the parallels in the small communities. In both pieces of literature, they have small close-knit communities where the people know everything about everyone and will shun someone as soon as they do something wrong.
Would you take alcohol from a house you were babysitting at?
The main theme in An Ounce of Cure is: loss of innocence. Throughout the story, the main character is innocent and naive, when her love breaks her heart, it is the beginning of her loss of innocence. Also, when she drinks the alcohol and gets drunk for the very first time, she loses her innocence about alcohol and it's effects.

Another theme is, maturity isn't as glamorous as it looks. The main character believes that the young adults seem to have so much fun drinking, but when she tries it herself it doesn't end very well.

In addition to those themes another one is, don't sweat the small stuff. When the main character's boyfriend broke up with her after only two months of dating, she delved into sadness and mild self-destruction. Later on, she realizes it wasn't an important event.
by: Alice Munro
An Ounce of Cure - Short Story Analysis by Mikaela, Alaura, and Brynna
An Ounce of Cure
Type of Short Story: Romance and Drama. The reasoning behind those choices is that
for most of the story, the main character talks and thinks about the boy she was in love with. Also, her actions and "love" for that boy caused her to do some pretty dramatic things.
Setting: An Ounce of Cure was set anywhere from the 1950's to the 1980's. It was also set in a small conservative town. That's easy to decipher because the town was so small that everyone knew everything, and not many of the families drank except for the newer and younger ones. Our main character's family is a prime example of one of the conservative families because they didn't allow drinking in their house. The author probably chose that location that way it was understandable why the main character was so naive and also because her actions will seem to be a big deal. If they story was written in today's society, it wouldn't be as much of a shock that she was drinking.
Mood/Tone: The tone of this particular short story was used to make the main character seem as naive as she was. However the mood of the story was a little more on the discontented side. The main character was constantly discontent with things that were happening.
Antecedent Action - The author begins this story with the main character talking about her depression over the boy who broke her heart. She talks about how she feels, as well as what she's done because of the break-up.
Conflicts - The main conflict in this story is man vs. self. Our unnamed main character is at war with her emotions throughout the entire story.
Turning Point - The entire story prior to this moment has discussed the main character's depressed emotions. At this point, she faces the decision to drink alcohol or not, and the fate of this story surrounds that choice. What does she choose?
She drinks it.
Resolution of Conflict - The main character made a mistake, and so she had to face some consequences. The story came to a close with her narrating about how she wasn't able to babysit anymore because no one wanted her to, and also that her mother deemed her too young and immature to date.
Protagonist - The young teenage girl; she is a dynamic character because she undergoes change in her behaviour. This occurs because she gets her heart broken by Marin Collingwood, and gets so shaken up she decides to get drunk while babysitting for her neighbours.
Antagonist - Martin Collingwood; he is a static character because his character undergoes no change in his behavior or personality. He is the antagonist because he is the cause of the girl drinking, as he broke up with her.
Secondary Character - Mr. Berryman; he is a foil character because his character magnifies how the narrator is irresponsible. Mr. Berryman’s character gives the readers a better understanding of the magnitude of the narrator’s mistake.
Point of View: The story was told in a first person point
of view by the main character. It was done in this point of view so that readers had an idea on why she did the things she did. It wouldn't have been as effective from her mother's point of view, or from the parents of the children she babysat. This way, we were able to understand the young girl's emotions and how she came to choose her actions.
Foreshadowing: There was a slight bit of foreshadowing in this short story when the main character narrated the lack of alcohol in her household and then again when she talked about how the Berryman's always had a few drinks before going out. Also, when she talked about how she almost swallowed all the aspirins in her medicine cabinet it could have been foreshadowing of her reckless tendencies.
Romeo and Juliet - Both stories are romance stories. That's not where the similarities stop though. It is common knowledge that Romeo and Juliet contains more lust than love, which could be the case in An Ounce of Cure as well. While our main character doesn't want to sleep with Martin Collingwood, she was infatuated over her idea of him. Also, both Romeo and Juliet did life-threatening, reckless things when they either couldn't be together or when they lost each other, just like the young girl in An Ounce of Cure.
Everyday by David Levithan - *potential spoilers* In this novel, the main character changes bodies everyday, but they never do anything to affect or change that person's life. However when they fall in love, that changes. 'A' begins being reckless with the people's lives just to see the girl they fell in love with. That's like how in this short story, our main character is in love with someone, and does reckless things once her heart gets broken.
Is it right to blame Martin for any of it?
Have you ever had an awkward babysitting mishap?
If you were a parent and your babysitter got drunk, would you let them babysit again?
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