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Brian Keller English Comp 102 Nineteen Candles In John Updikes AP we the readers are engaged with the coming of age story of Sammy the story protagonist Through conflict with authority fleeting traces of first love and decisions based in passion Updike allows us to see the beginning of Sammys transition from adolescence into manhood With focus on character development tone and style with little action to compensate AP brings us face to face with own moments in our lives when weve had to stand for what we felt was right In life there are defining moments that makes us who we are and without these conflicts we would cease to be people and would become the sheep that roam the aisles of the AP It is our responses to these times that shape our morality In the story we find ourselves in the mind of Sammy whose normal day has just been turned upside down by three young ladies in bathing suits Indeed the first sentence with its simple understated elegance captures the readers attention and sets the tone for Sammys frame of mind In walk three girls in nothing but bathing suits Updike 15 From this Updike uses a tone that is suggestive of the mindset of a young adolescent man The storys tone continues to form around Sammys observations of these three women as well as offering views of Sammys insights into the world By the storys end the tone has traveled from one of adolescence to one of manhood when Sammy quits his job leaves the store and I felt how hard the world was going to be to me hereafter Updike 20 Here at the end we find Sammys tone going from one of a 19- year-old kid checking out the ladies to one of a 19-year-old man coming to the realization of his small place in the world Though a daunting truth evident Updike leaves us with
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