In the short story A&P by John Updike the main character Sammy has an epiphany in that he realizes that a moral line has been crossed in his working environment. The story is a simple conflict followed by definitive action short story. It’s a wonderful portrayal of what a young man thinks and what he will stand for and what he will not. The fascinating part is how Sammy describes the young ladies as they enter the convenience store. Updike states “She was a chunky kid, with a good tan and a sweet broad soft-looking can with those two crescents of white just under it, where the sun never seems to hit, at the top of the backs of her legs”.
Sammy vs. the Grocery Store In the story, “A & P”, John Updike differentiates the views of Sammy and the store with many eye-catching techniques. By presenting the store as the antagonist, the reader gains Sammy sense of view about things through his close detail and humor of situations. Well before the dramatic opportunity presents itself for Sammy to quit his job, his narrative voice has established his individualism, imagination and his subversive sense of humor that already set him at odds with his jobs dull routine. The three girls entering the store in bathing suits and “walking against the usual traffic” coming down the aisle symbolize Sammy’s individualism. Because of the girl’s different appearance from the usual shoppers in A & P, Sammy couldn’t help but stare.
John Updike's A&P John Updike's short story, "A&P" is fictional in a sense that it has a common pattern that leads the reader through a series of events. These events began when three young ladies in bathing suits walk in A&P, and catch the eye of a young man named, Sammy. He seems to favor the chunkier girl of the three that walk in to the store. As the story continues, Sammy curiously watches the provocative young ladies as they stroll through the store looking for groceries. In this fictional story, Sammy describes all three noticeable ladies, the main girl, "Queenie" he describes her as the leader of the two other girls.
However, readers might know less about Sammy if Updike’s “A&P” were narrated by the character Queenies; instead if she were its first person narrator, Updike’s central idea would be about girls overusing their appearances to draw people’s attention, however, this does not succeed every time. Through Queenie’s point of view rather than Sammy’s, Updike’s readers would not know that the grocery is nowhere close to the beach. All the readers will get from the reading is that Queenie’s mom asks her to go buy some snacks on her way to the beach. Knowing more about Queenie’s family background would persuade readers to believe that the manager of the store is overreacting when he confronts and embarrassing the girls at the check-out counter. While working at “A&P” Sammy notices three young girls around his age walking bare feet into the store wearing two-piece swimsuits.
It isn’t exposed until Edna is alone at the grocery store without Virgie, who usually assists her around. Taylor notices Edna in the store and approaches her, only to learn that Edna had no idea if she had picked up limes, or lemons. It is then that Taylor notices her white cane, and realizes that her dreamy, glossy gaze that hovers above head makes sense now. In this moment she comes to understand why Virgie always announces everyone’s name that is in a room when they enter. After learning of Edna’s disability, Lou Ann and Taylor admit they are shocked.
“In walks these three girls”; the story begins innocently enough. However, Updike does not leave it at that. He continues, “… in nothing but bathing suits.” (Lawn 399) The author has given us a wealth of underlying information with this simple description. Upon further reading, the readers realize that these three girls are walking into a conservative small town grocery store in 1961. Not only are they wearing bathing suits, but they ar... ... middle of paper ... ...ieved a release from a mental or social prison.
AP The short story “A&P” written by John Updike, is about three girls who change Sammy’s life. The three girls came from the beach and are not dressed properly to enter a grocery store called A&P. Sammy, the main character, is a check out clerk, and observes every detail about the girls. Sam even gives each of the girls a name. His favorite is “Queenie.” Sammy is obviously the type of guy who doesn’t get a lot of girls.
Every piece of creative writing has a theme, and the story and the information are connected to the theme. The theme of the story is the writers message that gives readers a significant point, that the reader can walk away with. To begin, an example of a fiction work would be “A Rose For Emily” by William Faulkner. William Faulkner this bizarre imaginary story where a woman named Emily who lived in the southern town of Jefferson, refuses to pay taxes, falls in love with Homer, and later throughout the story Homer gives more attention to men than Emily, and Emily kills Homer. Emily gets that feeling where “If I cant have him, no one can.”This work has fiction written all over it, the story has a character (Emily), the plot is Emily not evolved with the rest of t... ... middle of paper ... ...teaching readers something they can walk away with, that is why it is considered a creative nonfiction piece of work.
Screaming, yelling, and screeching emerge from Tessi Hutchinson, but the town remains hushed as they continue to cast their stones. Reasonably Tessi appears as the victim, but the definite victim is the town. This town, populated by rational people, stones an innocent woman because of a lottery. To make matters worse, no one in the town fathoms why they exterminate a guiltless citizen every June. The town’s inexplicable behavior derives from following an ancient, ludicrous tradition.
Both authors use similes and metaphors in their writing, and I believe it is to keep the reader interested by comparing something to something else that they know. By comparing something like writing, to something that they are familiar with, creates a feeling of knowing what the author is taking about, or it actually even helps the reader know what the author is trying to say. Both the author and reader benefit from similes and metaphors because the author keeps attracting the reader and the reader will learn something new about writing from the author. Not only do both Elbow and Murry use similes and metaphors, they also use examples that the reader might