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Natalie Cook Personal Essay, 24 June 2008 Updike’s essay is catchy and entertaining, humorous, and engaging. His use of words and phrases like “chunky,” “a witch about fifty with rouge on cheekbones and no eyebrows,” “sweet broad soft-looking can,” “cat-and-dog-breakfast-cereal-macaroni-rice-raisins-seasonings- spreads-spaghetti-soft-drinks-crackers-and-cookies,” “the plump one in plaid,” and “Queenie and Plaid and Big Tall Goony-Goony.” Updike is a keen observer who uses seemingly superficial details to emit subliminal messages. For example, the grouchy fifty-year-old woman who gives him a hard time at the store who had probably “been watching cash registers for fifty years and
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Unformatted text preview: probably never seen a mistake before.” With the encounter of this grouchy, rouge-wearing character, Updike comments on people’s fear of aging, always wanting to stay young, and being bitter with the world for their aging. While reading, I also picked up on Updike’s consistent notation of colors: “bright green,” “dirty-pink…beige,” “oaky,” “white,” green-and-cream,” “gray,” “pink,” “very blue,” “powder-blue,” and “dark gray.” I found his attention for colors to be interesting and even kind of quirky in his description of the colors. Updike’s observation of the façade has clearly afforded him a keen perception that allows him to not just notice things, but to analyze and interpret them as well....
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