The first short story in which Updike delineates the conflict of individualism and societal standards is “A & P.” Set in an A & P grocery store, the story follows the struggle of a young man named Sammy who spits on the standards of a grocery store in a seaside town and turns instead to his newfound individual freedom (Porter, 320). Initially Sammy observes the behaviors of people in the store. “They just want to get along, follow the cart in front of them up and down the aisles without incident... It is as if they are praying, “Get me through life without incident, Lord. Let me feel no pain and,...
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