A&P Annotated Bibliography

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Name Last English 0000 Professor 20 September 2012 Annotated Bibliography One Porter, M. Gilbert. "John Updike's 'A & P': The Establishment and an Emersonian Cashier." English Journal 61 (Nov. 1972): 1155-1158. Rpt. in Short Story Criticism. Ed. Anna J. Sheets. Vol. 27. Detroit: Gale Research, 1998. Literature Resource Center. Web. 20 Sep. 2012. This article describes the dull and monotonous atmosphere that Sammy portrays before three girls clad in bathing suits walk in, in John Updike’s “A&P”. This short story takes place in a grocery store named “A&P”, which employs 19-year-old Sammy. The person behind this article, M. Gilbert Porter states, “Sammy reveals through his descriptions of the store and its customers that implicit set of values which will ultimately set him against community mores.” Sammy describes the customers in a droning matter and how repulsed he is by their dullness and impassive character of their existence. It is until “three bathing beauties”, as Porter declares, stroll into Sammy’s workplace and grab his attention. “To the graceless dowdiness of pin curlers and varicose veins, they offer the contrast of winsome innocence and supple youth,” Porter proclaims. I find Porter to be exceedingly intuitive in his imagery, in his extensive well-written article about Sammy’s inside thoughts. He does a remarkable job analyzing Updike’s words and demonstrates it in a very comprehensible structure. Thompson, Corey Evan. "Updike's 'A & P.'."Explicator 59.4 (Summer 2001): 215-216. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. Jeffrey W. Hunter. Vol. 214. Detroit: Gale, 2006.Literature Resource Center. Web. 21 Sep. 2012. In the following article, the author, Corey Evan Thompson, scrutinizes the protagonist’s fascination with the young girls in “A&P”.

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