Analysis Of ' A & P, Doc 's Story, And Rara Avis

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Storytelling. A form of communication in history, and a form of communication that tells history. Stories can vary in length and genre. However, one variable that remains constant is their ability to give new information to process. Authors John Updike, J.E. Wideman, and T.C. Boyle use their stories, A&P, Doc’s Story, and Rara Avis, respectively, to do just that. With some active reading, these short, but meaningful stories can empower readers to have a greater apprehension of real life situations. After taking an in depth look at these three pieces of literature, each contains themes of detachment, idolization, and handling losses. Without exception, the main character in these stories detach themselves from their surroundings, and this develops an understanding of the focal point. Beginning by examining the teenage character, Sammy, in A&P. Early in the story, Sammy establishes that he enjoys people watching. Every customer that walks through the door, he creates a profile about them. Descriptions like pigs, a witch, or sheep fill his vocabulary (Updike 231). The impression that he knows more about the people than the people do of themselves is given, and thus Sammy sees himself as superior. This character-type is also apparent in Doc’s Story, where the protagonist is also a teenager. The main character’s mindset becomes revealed when it is described what he feels like while he’s in the park, “He 'd feel himself empty out, see himself seep away and hover in the air,"

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