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In John Updikes AP the main character Sammy is developed through the use of setting The story starts off with a young man discontent with his ordinary adult surroundings and moves to his need to change it Throughout the story Sammy describes and interprets the scenes around him consequently revealing his own character Although the physical setting of the grocery store is left more to the imagination Updike uses the vivid images of the other characters to illustrate the setting through Sammys point of view The characters create the setting and the insight into young Sammys mind leads us to see it through his eyes Sammys character can be seen through his interpretation of the customers his manager and the young girls visiting the store First Sammy interprets the customers as being old dull and unable to relate to young people The fist customer he comes across he describes as a witch about fifty and a cash register watcher He even notes that it makes her day to see him trip up It is at this point that he begins to make it evident that he doesnt particularly care for the customers In the fifth paragraph he goes on to describe the customers as sheep and houseslaves in pin curlers While he describes the general look of shock and disapproval towards the group of young girls he so admires he is making it evident of the worlds and decades between he and his customers He describes them as being so banal that even had dynamite been set off they would keep pushing their carts muttering to themselves Towards the end of the story when he announces that he is quitting he goes on to say that a couple customers that had been heading for my slot begin to knock against each other like scared pigs in a chute While he sees himself as being a risk taker he sees the customers as afraid of
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