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There are numerous ways to write a story It is up to the author how heshe wants to portray their story and write in specific tones that reveals to the reader whether it is meant to be read dripping with distain or read in a gleeful way In both Updikes AP and Poes The Black Cat the use of language in these stories largely determine the impression the reader obtains about the main characters In both of these short stories they are written in first person point of view the narrators are the main characters In Updikes short story AP uses narrative in the traditional sense in which the main character narrates a sequence of events Sammy the narrator in AP is generally a witty boy who is just trying to get by his summer job Updike uses the character of an immature teenage boy to show an unsure attitude towards women and the growth into adulthood This illustration is a common theme among adolescent males in society today Updike is able to relate this to his readers through a young growing boy Sammy12288At the beginning of the story the narrator Sammy describes three young girls wearing nothing but bathing suits pg 7 who enters the dull atmosphere of the local A P Sammy notices these three beauties immediately His brief distraction causes him to make an error in cashing out the order of an unpleasant old woman Sammy describes this cash-register-watcher as a witch about fifty with rouge on her cheekbones and no eyebrows who starts giving me hell pg 7 This contrast between the beauty and sparkle of the young girls and the ugliness of the A P and its traditional customers sets the stage for Sammys ultimate disgust12288After describing further the attractive appearance of the girls especially the queen who walked straight on slowly on these long white prima donna legs pg 7 with the straps of her bathing
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