A&P - In John Updike's A&P a young man named Sammy...

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Unformatted text preview: In John Updike's A&P, a young man named Sammy works in a bleak one stop shop succinctly called the A&P. The setting of this story plays largely into the actions taken by Sammy. He uses very vivid imagery to describe this place which he hates so much. Updike is also critiquing the early 1960s era in which this story is set through the imagery used to describe the small town. Three young girls in nothing but bathing suits aren't an every day occurrence at the dreary A&P. Located in a small town north of Boston, this store is everything one would think of as a small town stop and go. With "fluorescent lights, [...] stacked boxes, [...] and a checkerboard green-and-cream rubber-tile floor" (Updike 80), the dismal store stands alone as the only means of provisions for this town. With Updike using fluorescent lights in his description of the store, a conventional dislike for this lighting comes to mind. According to Eric Strandberg, a lighting certified technician, "Many of us think of cold, institutional spaces when we think of fluorescent...
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course ENGL 1320 taught by Professor Worlow during the Spring '08 term at North Texas.

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