Greasy Lake Literary Analysis

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Biographical criticism is used to identify and establish certain aspects of stories from an author’s experience. Most authors have demonstrated this theory by writing from their own personal memories. From Emily Dickinson to Stephen King, countless authors have either written from their own background or put him/herself into a story. Some have even re-written a terrible memory into the way they wanted that moment to turn out. John Updike and T.C. Boyle brought this theory to life in their works “A&P” and “Greasy Lake”. By reading these stories, one can feel a personal connection to them because they feel so profoundly relatable. Therefore, in “A&P” and “Greasy Lake”, one can grasp the actuality of the stories by putting themselves in the author’s shoes and remembering their youth.

“A&P” is an excellent use of biographical criticism when connecting to an author’s past. The way Updike wrote this short story proves to the reader that he can still make a connection to that younger part of himself; since the main character is about nineteen years old and the author was twenty-nine when he wrote it. While reading the story, one can already connect with the familiarity of it when the main character mentions the aggravating customer, “She’s one of these cash-register-watchers, a witch about fifty with rouge on her cheekbones and no eyebrows...She’d been watching cash registers forty years and probably never seen a mistake before” (Updike 1). For example, say that Updike used to

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