A & P By John Updike

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Style – in writing, style can best be defined as the way an author makes use of his or her words in regards to language. The word choices in which the author uses throughout the story can help establish the uniqueness of his or her use of speech through the story’s title, structure, punctuation, setting and the communication between characters. In the story A & P by John Updike, the author sets the story in a very ordinary place where everyday people go shopping for their groceries, in a market known as A & P. Updike’s style within the story shows many aspects of ordinary life. For example, in the first sentence of the story, the narrator Sammy uses incorrectly the word walks, “In the walks these three girls in nothing but bathing suits.” This grammatical mistake has help create a more casual yet realistic narrator, by implicating that within one’s thoughts no one will care about those language mistakes. Another very realistic scene in the story is when Sammy is ringing some items to an older customer and mistakenly rings the HiHo crackers twice. The lady starts complaining to Sammy and once he got all her goods in the bag the lady snorts back at Sammy. Then he goes on comparing the old customer to a witch by thinking, “. . . if she’d been born at the right time they would have burned her over in Salem.” Salem refers to a series of persecutions against people during the early 1690’s who were accused of witchcraft and ended in executions by hanging them. Through

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