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Discuss the story "An Ounce of Cure" by Alice Munro.

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The first love is hard to get over especially when the love is not reciprocated.  Alice Munro’s “An Ounce of Cure” describes a teenager’s reaction to being dumped by her first boyfriend. How the main character handles her problem is the crux of the story.

Setting

The setting of the story is a small town in the 1960s.  This town is conservative and does not promote alcohol.   The two primary setting are the main character’s home and the home in which she baby sits—the Berrymans. 

Narration

The narration is first person point of view. The narrator is the protagonist of the story: an unnamed teenage girl.  The story is told primarily as a flashback from the adult narrator.  As a result, the narrator can tell her story with playfulness, self-deprecation, detachment, and even fondness.  While the incident caused her genuine pain at the time, she has long since come to terms with it.  

 Summary

The protagonist has been dumped by Martin. She is forced to see him with his new...

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