I'm having trouble with an essay comparing and contrasting Updike's "A&P," and Kaplan's "Doe Season."Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Certainly there is more to contrast about these two short stories than to find in common. The main commonality they share is that they are both told by a key character in the story. I encourage you to start by looking at Sammy from "A&P" and Andy from "Doe Season" and see what the two have in common from a narrator perspective. Certainly both of them speak (or narrate) from a voice that sounds much older than their actual age. You could also make an argument for both of these story-tellers as particularly sympathetic characters.
There are several things you could focus on for differences. Looking at the big picture, one story focuses on a social incident inside a small town while the other looks at a social incident in the woods. The different settings could provide an avenue to contrast. You are also examining the male response to a female choice (inside the A&P) with the first story to the female response to a typically male event (hunting) in the second story.