A & P By John Updike

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John Hoyer Updike was born on March 18, 1932 in Reading, Pennsylvania. John spent his early years in a small town named Shillington where his father was currently a science teacher. He was an excellent student graduating with co-valedictorian and as president of his graduating class of High school. John attended Harvard University graduating with a major in English while writing for the Harvard lampoon humor magazine. In his arrival on the literary scenes in the late 1950’s, John amazed everyone by writing short stories, essays, and poetry. The author John Updike utilizes such amazing imagery, setting, point of view, and symbolism to convey the message of choices and consequences of his characters. After reading the short story “A&P” by John Updike I came to realize the strong message behind the narrative. The story focuses on articulating a teen-aged boy who becomes aware of his true inner feelings and the value in society. A boy named Sammy, who happens to be working in a grocery store as a cashier, narrates “A&P”. It happens to be summer in a somewhat conservative town when Sammy sees three young girls walk into his store wearing nothing but their bathing suits, and suddenly he is mesmerized by what he is seeing. While observing Sammy uses the word “sheep” to describe all the others in the store and how they all happen to follow some sort of routine and do what everyone else is doing. “The sheep pushing their carts down the aisle – the girls were walking against the

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