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John Updike

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a_p-john-updikeNarratorhats policy for you. Policy is what the kingpins want. What the others want is juvenile delinquency.Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Guardian, Merriam-WebstersEncyclopedia of Literature, The Pulitzer PrizesCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Graduating from Harvard University in 1954, Updike worked for the New Yorker before turning to writing novels and short stories full-time. His stories usually portray life in middle-class, suburban, or small-town, religious America. A&P,” published first in the New Yorker, gets its name fromthe chain of grocery stores.JOHN UPDIKE1932–2009AuthorFancy SnacksSymbolize the girls’ upper-crustbut innocent lifestyleManagers OfficeRepresents avoidanceof life and its vitalitySheepName Sammy gives theregular customers to symbolize those living without joySymbolsSammy clerks at an A&P market in a 1950s New England town when three young women in swimsuits walk in. When the manager tells them to leave, he embarrasses the girls and emphasizes a growing disconnect between the generations. Spurred to action, Sammy rings up their purchase and quits, attempting to leave behind the store—and complacency.UnexpectedHeroTHEMESBoredom vs. DeviationAlthough shocked into awareness by the girls,the customers returnto tedium—somethingSammy finds he cannot do.Sensuality vs. ProprietyControlled by policy and a conventional view of decency, Lengels interference markshim as part of a moreconservative generation.ChangeThe girls’ appearance in the A&P wearing only bathing suits and Sammys choice to quit foreshadow changes in society. John Updike1961EnglishShort StoryAuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageA&PComedyMain CharactersSammy19-year-old groceryclerk and narrator;breaks the rulesLengelPrudish manager of the A&P grocery store;rule enforcerStokesie22-year-old clerk; already a fatherand husband A&P CustomersSheepfocusing ontheir shopping listsThe GirlsDubbed Queenie,”“Plaid,” and “Big Tall,”by Sammy; create a stirappearing barefoot intheir bathing suitsA&Pby the NumbersRank of A&P” on the Guardians list of Updikes best short storiesAmount the three girlsspend at the A&PYears between Updikes two Pulitzer Prizes for Literature: 1982 and 1991Year the Great AmericanTea Co.—later called theGreat Atlantic & Pacific TeaCompany (A&P)was founded1859349¢9

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