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Powder 'And An Ounce Of Cure'

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Short Story Themes The theme in any short story is the component that sets the tone. Stories can even have multiple themes. It is almost even like a lesson to be learned in many cases. Authors give their stories themes so that readers can connect and better understand what they are writing about. “Powder” written by Tobias Wolff, “Cons” written by Jess Walter, and “An Ounce of Cure” written by Alice Munro all have similar themes. Although these three stories are all very different and have completely different characters, they all have specific things that a reader can absorb from them. The three similar themes within these stories are that ignorance is dangerous, everyone has to pay for their mistakes, and life is unpredictable. No one can…show more content…
To be ignorant is to lack knowledge or to be uneducated. This can be dangerous because when people lack knowledge they will make decisions or do things in their lives without any consideration of what could go wrong. In “Powder,” the main character and his father are on a ski trip at Mount Baker against his mothers wishes. Instead of ending the trip and going home at the time that was planned, they stay on the mountain to ski one last time because the snow seems perfect for it. The snow is getting thicker and begins coming down harder. At this moment the father should've known better than so keep skiing. However, he is too ignorant to consider the fact that roads are closing and the conditions are only growing worse. In “Cons,” Kyle gets into his car drunks and drives away. Because he is drunk he swerves off of the road and hits seventeen year old Shay-Lynn Willard. The last thing that Kyle is thinking about is the fact that they could potentially hurt someone by getting into his car drunk, even though that is exactly what he should be worried about. Because of his ignorance in this situations he hits and kills an innocent girl. In the last short story, “An Ounce of Cure,” the main character is an average teenage girl dealing with high school and boy problems. She is
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