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The AP In the short story The AP by John Updike the author seeks to make his point using an unlikely setting and scenario Using a supermarket as a metaphor for a society Updike illustrates how breaking the norms of society evokes fear and brings about intolerance in people When a society is accustomed to only one way of doing things it will not be accept anything different Members of a society fear change and only behavior that deviates from the status quo They resist allowing new things into their society because of this fear Sammy the main character has a very simple but mundane life He doesnt appear to have many prospects of improving his life he has no hopes and dreams for the future Sammy is an employee of the local AP which we come to realize is a society within itself Throughout the short story the store is represented to reflect a homogenous society where routine was commonplace For example it never fails that one lady comes in to buy groceries and ask questions about everything Sammy rings up He knows that she will harass him about all the prices and watch over him like a hawk to make sure he is doing everything right He even describes how the people who come in to the store do the exact same thing every time Nothing ever seems to change from the norm One day as Sammy was ringing a customer up at the cash register he looked up and saw three girls walk in the store E went into great detail describing the girls They were wearing clothes that nobody in the society would wear in the AP The main girl who he nicknamed Queenie had on a bikini top and walked in with her head held high The other two girls just followed behind her as they walked down the aisle Sammy was intrigued by the way they were
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