Analysis Of A & P By John Updike

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The short story “A&P”, by John Updike, might seem like a nice, innocent story however upon closer look it is quite scandalous. The simple story talks of a small store and a particularly eventful day. Updike’s short story takes place in a grocery store, also called A&P. The main character and narrator is an observant cashier named Sammy. Sammy works at the A&P and spends his time watching, making quiet remarks, and judging the various customers that come into the store. Updike making Sammy the narrator always the reader to glimpse into Sammy’s mind and see his inner workings and thoughts. Through Sammy’s thoughts and actions John Updike places hidden messages into the story of “A&P”. One of the underlying messages in Updike’s story is one of lust and the desires of the flesh. In the story, the narrator becomes intrigued by three women as soon as they walk in. “In walks these three girls in nothing but bathing suits. I’m in the third checkout slot, with my back to the door, so I don’t see them until they’re over by the bread. The one that caught my eye first was the one in the plaid green two-piece.” After noticing the girls Sammy keenly watches them and carefully follows them with his eyes. Instantly, he is infatuated with these women and desires them and their attention. Updike played into the notion of young love and how a pretty face and a good body can cause a man to act impulsively. The women enter the store only wearing swimsuits, despite the distance
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