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An Analysist Of A&P By John Updike Essay

  • Submitted by: ziggy8169
  • on December 4, 2011
  • Category: Miscellaneous
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John Updike wrote “A&P” a short story about a man named Sammy and his observation on a day at work.   The main theme of the story is choice, and how those choices affect you and the people around you.   From the three girls who do their shopping in bathing suits and getting talked to by the manager for wearing inappropriate clothing, to all the shoppers deciding what items to buy, but mainly   at the end when Sammy decides to quit.   He has an idea of what some of the consequences will be; he knows that quitting his job will impact his mom and dad.   Sammy feels he has to take a stand and he will not back down.   He believes it would be fatal to do so because of his pride.   I will be discussing tension, verisimilitude, and aesthetic language.   How each of these plays a role in shaping and transforming the story.  
First, I will discuss tension in the story.   When Sammy first sees the three girls, he gets distracted and this leads to a social conflict with the old lady he is checking out.   The old lady gets upset because Sammy rings up a box of HiHo crackers twice.   The customer is what Sammy refers to as a “cash-register-watchers”, and she is just looking for a reason to start a conflict.   Next is when Sammy is thinking about how a girls' mind works, and wondering if they really have a mind or just a “little buzz like a bee in a glass jar.”   The story uses juxtaposed images such as “The sheep pushing their carts down the aisle...” Sammy is comparing the customers at A&P to sheep.   Also when he refers house wives as “house-slaves” is another instance of juxtaposition.   When the manager notices the three girls he comes over and says, “Girls, this isn't the beach.”   This starts a social conflict between the three girls and Lengel the manager.   Queenie trys to justify why they are there by saying, “My mother asked me to pick up a jar of herring snacks.”   Lengel tries to be polite by saying, “That's all right, but this isn't the beach.”...

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