Essay about The Use Of Setting In A & P

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The setting of 'A & P'; is quite usual for a regular grocery store on a weekday. The town is north of Boston, five miles from the beach. Since the store is right in the middle of town, banks and churches and the newspaper store can been seen from the front doors. The day is Thursday, so there is not very much business. Outside, the sun can be seen on the pavement. The main character, Sammy, is almost nineteen years old and his coworker, Stokesie, is twenty-two and married. The manager, Lengel, is gray and teaches Sunday school. The setting in John Updike's story, 'A & P';, is used as a way to show humor and realism.

     Updike uses the setting in a way to show humor. In the beginning, Sammy is ringing up an
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The girls also pass a 'Pyramid of Diet Delight peaches'; (Updike 318).

The reason the girls even make the journey into the store is for a can of 'Kingfish Fancy Herring Snacks in Pure Sour Cream'; (Updike 319). The sounds made by the cash register also make the story have a sense of realism as Updike sings the cash register song:

I go through the punches, 4,9, GROC, TOT- it's more complicated than you think, and after you do it often enough, it begind to make a little song, that you hear words to, in my case 'Hello (bing) there, you (gung) hap-py pee-pul (splat)!';-the splat being the drawer flying out. (319)

The most realistic point in the story is when the three girls are described. First, the short one is seen by Sammy as Updike so explains:
The one that caught my eye first was the one in the plaid green two-piece. She was a chunky kid, with a good tan and a sweet broad soft-looking can with those two crescents of white just under it, where the sun never seems to hit, at the tops of the backs of her legs. (316)

Then, Updike describes the tall one as being: [W]ith black hair that hadn't quite frizzed right, and one of these sunburns right across under the eyes, and a chin that was too long-you know, the kind of girl other girls think is very 'striking'; and
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