John Updike Latin Deli An Ica Analysis

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Every living organism needs food and lots of it to survive and grow in this world. Supermarkets are usually the main center of obtaining anything and everything a person needs in order to cook and eat food. Since everyone needs food, the supermarket is a place where many different people come for the same thing; food. In John Updike’s short story “A&P” and Judith Ortiz Cofer’s poem “The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica” the people are both in supermarkets but for various reasons and in very different settings. The imagery used by both authors display how they view life at their point in time. In both of these writings the point of view is from an employee who works in the store observing the patrons who visit there. In “A&P” Updike sets the scene by the clerk, Sammy, in the third check out slot who is captivated by three young ladies who enter the store in merely bathing suits. The clerks can usually make assumptions of their life based on the products they purchase and they way they do it. Sammy watches these three girls and gives them labels of to what role each plays, from “the queen” who “kind of led them” to “the kind of girl other girls think is very ‘striking’ and ‘attractive’ but never quite makes it” and “the chunky one” (page 289) by the way they walk around the supermarket. The reader gets a feeling of how mundane and dull the patrons of the A & P are on page 290 when Sammy states how “you could set off dynamite in an A & P and the people would by…show more content…
His sudden epiphany makes him realize how he should not conform to the rules of society and join the life the young girls were living. This sudden change signifies the importance of change and eccentricity in society at this

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