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The short story AP by John Updike takes place in a grocery store in a small Massachusetts town where conservative social values are monotonous When people follow a certain regime everyday it is hard to accept change because people tend to like the way things are It is a comfortable and easy routine to follow for most Sammy Updikes main character in AP however is the comical contrast to the normal people of the town He is a typical rebellious and smart-mouthed teenager who is very bored of the way he lives and is easily swayed by the appeal of three girls who comes in to the store Uniquely Updike uses Sammy to link food items in the store to develop characterization with the store manager Lengel the customers and the three girls As the manager Lengel is a typical rule setter He obeys and practices social customs in everything he does In AP he is a hard working man with much ambition in contrast with Sammy Although these qualities are mentioned throughout the short story he is instead also described as someone who is insignificant and of no value Over the peat moss and aluminum lawn furniture stacked on the pavement I could see Lengel 233 which is Sammys indirect portrayal of Lengel The use of peat moss signifies that he is equally low similar to manure which is unappealing and the use of aluminum chairs reveals that he is a tightfisted cheap human being Lengel follows policy because it is what the kingpins want 232 which fundamentally depicts a type if shallowness in him Through these descriptions Lengel is developed as an inferior human being The sheep seeing a scene had all bunched up is how the usual customers are looked upon by Sammy They seem to herd together in groups where if one does something the rest also follow Hence the name sheep The customers really do not have any
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