D1Pyo - Sunghyun Pyo English 2 Professor Schamp May 2, 2011...

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Sunghyun Pyo English 2 Professor Schamp May 2, 2011 John Updike’s short story “A&P” is about the happening when the girls with bathing suits appear at a grocery market in a typical middle class town. The main character of the story, Sammy the cashier, is highly interested in the girls and their behaviors in the market. When the manager, Lengel, complains the girls about their outfits, they leave the market, Sammy fights back the manager, and quits his job. However, when Sammy follows the girls outside, they are already gone. Although it might seem like another teenager story, it actually shows an attempt to break away from the daily life and struggle of the middle-class. The town, the market, Sammy’s coworkers and customers all represent typical middle class culture, while the girls serve as a break away in the story. Through Sammy’s routinely life, attempt to get away from it, and failure, the author demonstrates that it is difficult and risky for middle class people to escape from their daily life, and they can even lose what they already have by attempting so. The way Updike depicts the town, and A&P market represents the life of the middle
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