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The complexities of Munro’s short story “Differently” are brilliant. Their is a perfect example of character development presented in this tale. Munro tells the story in Georgia’s point of view, but readers are given equal opportunity to see and understand the major and minor characters. We’re given different time spans, and different social classes to add to the different people presented. Relating all of this to the title we see that while all these people could be seen differently, they all boil down to being exactly the same.

In the end of the short story Georgia even remarks to the word as a joke.

“Differently,” says Georgia. She puts foolish stress on the word, meaning that her answer is too lame that she can offer it only as a joke.

I’d say the joke is that with age and maturity and the scars of life people survive through the idea to change. The idea is a strong one. It’s the  desire to lead  life with a bit more wisdom, but the reality is that we can’t change the formatting and framing of our minds. We can barely behave differently and hardly see that way as well.  The younger Georgia often had moments of accidental clarity reflecting on the complications that surrounded life.

Alice Munro is able to display perfectly flawed characters that seem to still be in a coming of age phase of their lives, proving the journey doesn’t end with age.

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