A & P By John Updike Essay

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Taletha Mumit
Dr. Rachel Miller
Composition II
May 4, 2015 The Ambiance of Public Dressing In the short story, “A & P”, by author John Updike, the decisions that the characters makes are consequential. The story has a twist to it. The teenagers are engaged in certain scenarios which includes the enticement and the judgments of others. The author, John Updike, uses a variety of literary elements to throw off the readers. However, this essay will illustrate and document as well as support the basis of gender, maturity, and individuality. John Updike uses the tones and setting to explore the decisions of a young teenager using his sexual desires, imagination, and raging hormones, which ultimately leads to some critical
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Picture this young nineteen year old living with his parents and having to work. Sammy has daydreamed about these young ladies walking into a high class supermarket on a hot summer day. The ladies had less clothing on withholding lots of skin showing. The A & P supermarket Supervisor “Lengal” is appalled at the way these customers are dressed. He makes judgments of the 3 young ladies and embarrass Sammy. “No clothes on is inappropriate for this public supermarket (Updike 151). Making sexual differences in the way a person dresses in public can be bias and make people dislike coming to certain places. To be asked to leave in an embarrassing manner leads Sammy to stroke his ego and resigns (Bentley par.1). Some places in town to this day will not allow customers to come in without a shirt or shoes on. Lengal makes judgments to the young ladies by saying, “Girls I Don’t want to argue with you. After this come in here with your shoulders covered. It is our policy (Updike 151). The sexual attraction of the teenagers showed that the main characters have sexual desires of the opposite sex. The level of the majority to flirt was equal to drawing in of the three young ladies half dressed in …show more content…
The three ladies that memorized the employees of A & P supermarket were much more different than the average customer. Having said that in describing one such frequent shopper as a voodoo wicked spirit lady that seeks joy in the mistakes of the checkout clerks working. More so one that would have been treated like a shopping slave and lynched somewhere in a town called Salem back in the day. Dessner describes this middle age customer that annoys Sammy as being “fifty and house slaves” (Dessner par.3). The symbolism element used can be the example of some “Hi Ho” crackers. There is more to aggravating price watchers and unfair supervisors at other work places involving the

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