Comparing A And P And The Lesson, By John Updike

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Identity is the fact of being who or what a person or thing is. In both short stories, the characters struggle with injustices of society. In A&P by John Updike, the main character Sammy is a sexist, rude and chauvinistic young man who judges three young girls who walk into the store by their physical appearances and learns that conforming to societies norms isn't right. Also, in the short story The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara the main character Sylvia is an inner city kid who gets taken to FAO Schwartz and learns the lesson that African Americans and White people aren't equal. Both short stories highlight that the world isn't fair to people, and you have to make a difference to change it. In the short story A & P by John Updike, A store clerk

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