John Updike's A & P

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In A&P, John Updike utilizes different characters to emphasize on the themes of power, mystery as allurement, and choices and consequences. This narrative was written by Updike in 1960s. The story is narrated by one of the character Sammy. He is the protagonist as well as the narrator of the story. Updike, the writer utilizes his narrative to symbolize different themes i.e. generation crevice, choices or decisions and their results. Generation crevice is the difference of characters between individuals of diverse eras or prompting an absence of understanding. Updike wrote this story to show the generation crevice and individual choices. Individual choice is referring to freedom of choice for example: what an individual wants to wear, to say,…show more content…
He insulted them in front of everyone. His choice was to humiliate the girls and as consequence he had to suffer Sammy’s job quitting Sammy was just a teen age boy whose encounters have been restricted to his school and work in his residential community market. He left his place of employment because of the unfair treatment of the young girls by Lengel. Actually, his giving up on job had two reasons: to create an impression on Lengel and to impress the young ladies. Lengel’s perception about Sammy was that he is a ridiculous childish boy, and the young ladies did not even bother to notice Sammy leaving his place of…show more content…
The three young ladies stroll into the store, and it appears that their sexuality attests power in the way that they catch the consideration of the people and representatives around. The young ladies know that others are watching them, but they act ignored them and this was because of some implicit force or power. Their power fascinated Sammy to help them but he could not help because of his status. The only way to show his power was to quit the job he had. Sammy defended the young ladies in light of the fact that he needed them to grovel over him and express gratitude toward him for his "fearless deed." He needed the consideration of the young ladies, so his purpose behind safeguarding them was not a right one or a decent one. When he quitted his occupation and strolled outside, the young ladies were not expressing gratitude toward him, nor did they appreciate him. They had left and were gone. Sammy would then contemplated his hasty decision and might be sad about it. "A&P" is more than only an anecdote about a teenage boy quitting his job for a few young ladies who were disgraced by his supervisor. It's even more of a tale depicting reality about youth's demeanor towards the traditionalist

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