John Updike A & P Rhetorical Analysis

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Lennsey Hanchey Richard English IV, 1B 29 September 2011 The Process of “A&P” by John Updike John Updike uses dark humor, symbolism, and point of view, to create a one of a kind piece, “A&P.” Not only does Updike use rhetorical devices to improve and advance his writing, he also puts sincere thoughts into the setting and genre. It can be argues that in “A&P,” John Updike manages to maintain a specific, “dark” humor throughout his story. Despite Sammy’s victory, the tale ends on a note of dread and isolation. The dread and isolation lead to the story’s realism. After all, Sammy had just experienced a kind of “trauma.” He is angry from seeing the girls humiliated and also frightened about what the outcome of his daring act will be. Sheep is a repetitive symbol that John Updike uses to create meaning. Sammy refers to both the shoppers in the A&P and the two girls with Queenie…show more content…
He sees the store patrons as “sheep,” or followers, rather than independent thinkers, Sammy and the girls in bathing suits represent a rebellion against conformism. “A&P” is the story of Sammy’s coming of age. Quitting his job to stand up against morality is a defining moment in his life; it associates him with something of a hero. At the end of the story, he is afraid it will give him a bad reputation in his community and hurt his chances at a successful future. The story is meant to be realistic, providing a look inside the mind of a typical 19-year old boy who is girl watching while he works. Everything that happens in the story feels like it could happen in real life. John Updike’s, “A&P” is known as one of the best pieces of literature because of the numerous amounts of literary devices and literary “gadgets” that he uses to create masterpieces. Genre, plot, point of view (just to name a few), each help the reader grasp the true importance of “A&P”; be yourself and follow your
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