The Themes of Hope and Amazement

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The two short stories "A&P  and "Carnal Knowledge  are both mainly about male sexual attraction towards women. In both stories there is a certain woman that catches the eye of the male characters. "Carnal Knowledge  was the longer of the two and it was a bit more in depth, but in both the plot and outcome is basically the same. The men in the stories don't end up with the girl but the two main emotions that they feel are the same. Their emotions illustrate the feeling of optimism towards having a better life. These two emotions are hope and amazement.

My favorite of the two stories is "Carnal Knowledge . It had a more in depth plot than "A&P . I thought that it was much more interesting. The tone of this story is hope and also amazement. When the story begins the man has called in sick to work for his birthday. He is going to go and lie on the beach by himself and read a book. While he is lying there he falls asleep and then wakes up to a dog that has just pissed on him. This is when he meets Alena Jorgenson. This is where the tone of amazement comes into the story. He is amazed at her beauty. One thing that I like in both stories is how the male charac

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