A & P By John Updike

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The story that this research paper is being written over is “A&P” by John Updike. This story is filled with good grammar and has a well written plot and good transition. A person reading the story “A&P” could see it as an interesting story filled with good symbolism. The main character, Sammy, uses a great deal of symbolism when describing the three girls in bathing suits who walked into the store he works in. the three girls in bathing suits that walked into the store where the center of the whole story. Whether it was the fat girl, the chubby-faced girl or the girl identified as the “queenie”, Sammy still went into great detail about the girls that came into the A&P store especially the one he named the queen. Through using the bathing suits, the main character Sammy established several points of symbolism in the story such as what the suits meant about each of the girls status and personality. The first sign of symbolism in the story was when the girls first came into the A&P store. Updike wrote, “The one that caught my eye first was the one in the plaid green two-piece. 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”(Updike pg1). This was the first sign of symbolism used because; this quote gave the audience a visual of the way one of the women who came into the A&P store looked like. A person reading this story would had

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