Themes And Symbolism In John Updike's A & P

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It is human nature for a person to quickly fall victim to the powers of desire and lust. Even if the victim understands his or her actions, consequences remain inevitable. Typically a lesson is learned from one’s furtive behavior. John Updike’s short story, “A&P,” expresses the trouble of one young man named Sammy who struggles to impress attractive women and he fails to realize what potentially lies ahead. The story has a surprising ending that leaves the audience curious to the fate of the naïve Sammy. Updike’s use of themes and symbolism helps the audience focus on the fact that with every decision there is consequence, whether the outcome be positive or negative. The tale opens with the main characters point of view that describes three

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