Summary Of John Updike's A & P

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A lot happens in John Updike 's short story "A & P", at first the reader speculates what the short story is about and why it is called "A & P". The narrator Sammy tells and describes all the things he sees and experience while working at "A & P". The text 's artistic value comes from its plot, characters, theme, and style. In the plot of the story the protagonist, Sammy starts by describing three girls who have walked into the A & P grocery store where he works. The three girls are wearing nothing but bathing suits. Sammy is so distracted by the three girls that he cannot recall if he rang up a box of crackers or not. For instance, "I stood there with a box of HiHo crackers trying to remember if I rang it up or not" (Updike 163). After trying to remember if he rings up the item or not, a fact that his customer, "a witch about fifty," let him knows very quickly and loudly that he did ring it up. Throughout the plot of the story Sammy seems to…show more content…
In "A & P" John Updike has a unique writing style that builds up to a strong climax in the story. Updike writing paints a very realistic painting of the things that the readers are faced with throughout the story. The writing style is an important part of the message that the story is trying to tell. Updike word choice in the story is very sexual and exclusive. For example, the narrator quoted that a dollar bill "just come from between the two smoothest scoops of vanilla I had ever known"(Cite). Sammy is characterized by being your typical teenage boy. In this sentence and throughout the paragraph John Updike reader experience a lot of different emotions of love and romantics. Updike 's character narration is mainly written in a realistic and simple sentence structure. The text 's artistic value is based on the style of the story which includes author 's use of sentence structure, word choices, and sentence arrangement. All these things coincide together to bring about different humor, and most importantly the

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