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ESSAY1 TAKAHASHI - Takahashi 1 Yuka Takahashi Professor...

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Takahashi 1 Yuka Takahashi Professor Schamp English 2 2 nd of May 2011 John Updike's “A & P" is a comic short story in which the protagonist, Sammy, conducts what he regards to be a heroic act by resigning from his work after the manager of the store embarrassed three women in their swimsuits on ground of inappropriate clothing. Sammy does this despite the impacts of his decision on his family, only to find out, to his disappointment, that the women are oblivious to his presence. In this manner, Sammy shows himself not only to be opinionated, but also hypocritical given the fact that he did cross the lines of respect himself by fantasizing about the women sexually. It is through Sammy's complex and well developed character, actions, and thoughts that the reader can gleam insight into the themes of the story; themes that are universal and timeless as a result of their characterization of two important dynamics in the two genders' interactions: desire and mystery. Through the encounter with the girls and subsequent events culminating in Sammy's loss of his job, Updike reveals the roles of the power of desire and the mystery of others' mind in shaping perceptions and interactions, particularly between the two genders. The power of sexuality in the two genders interactions in society is an important theme in the short story by John Updike. This is well illustrated form the first moment of the girls' entrance into the store of "A&P". They manage namely to attract the attention and gazes of every
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