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The expectations of society give us two choices to conform or to rebel and escape In the story AP John Updike comments on the nature of a desire to escape from societys restrictions This story takes place during the nineteen sixties The desire to escape colors our view of our circumstances This is seen through Sammys view of the AP customers his reaction to his boss and his final actions which are a response to the conflict in the store The author illustrates Sammys contempt for those who conform through his reactions to the AP customers The way Sammy interprets the first ladys reaction to his mistake of ringing up the HiHo crackers twice is immediately negative Shes one of these cash-register-watchers a witch about fifty with rouge on her cheekbones and no eyebrows1 He instantly jumps to the conclusion that she is glad to have caught him making a mistake I know it made her day to trip me up2 He labels her a witch which demonstrates his lack of respect for her The other customers are generally christened as sheep Sammy uses the name sheep to imply that the customers are bland and unthinkingly conforming At another point he refers to them as scared pigs in a chute3 This also illustrates his lack of respect for them Sammys desire not to conform has colored his view of anyone he suspects of conforming He assumes that anyone who acts within the expectations of society is a blind follower This causes him to make unfair judgments of others Sammy sees Lengel as a dreary conventionalist Lengel supports the ideals of society and is therefore in direct conflict with Sammy You can almost sense Sammys frustration It is likely that he finds his life at the store dull colorless and boring Sammys rebellion against Lengel is the direct result of his desire to resist and escape conformity and the expectations of society The author
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