Themes In John Updike's A & P

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In the short story by John Updike, “A&P”, the tone and progression of the story represent that of a young man stuck in the turmoil of wanting to experience change in his life. However, “A&P” is a not only a conflict with a man searching for his freedom, but also a story in which the main character Sammy reaches an epiphany and matures through the progression of the story. This maturation is represented by the two themes of desire and the inability for him to read the minds of the girls –Queenie and her friends- unlike the other patrons in the store. These two themes not only portray the changes in Sammy but also tie together to represent his own coming-of-age in the story. The moment the girls walk into the store to the time they depart we

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