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Point of View on AP John Updikes AP is written entirely from the perspective of nineteen year old Sammy a grocery clerk Updike has created an atmosphere of striking opposites warring with one another throughout the entire story Sammy is bored and excited at the same time He has worked in the AP long enough to have memorized every item that is sold in the aisle directly in front of his cash register as well as what is generally for sale in all the areas of the store He has worked so long at this store that he even compares food items to the bodies of the young girls in bathing suits Sammy didnt notice the three girls until they were near the bread and he begins comparing the thighs of the first girl he saw to crescents of white The first contrast comes almost immediately as he is brought back to the task at hand which is waiting on a fifty-year-old woman with whom he is irritated for causing him to stop looking at the girls He blames her for his own mistake of ringing up her purchase twice but realizes he must pay attention to his job as he stated I got her feathers smoothed Updike goes into great detail to contrast the young girls with the fifty-year-old woman He describes the older woman as having rouge on her cheekbones and no eyebrows The young girls are all given nubile qualities which are described by the character of Sammy using references to food The first girl to catch his eye is a chunky girl with a sweet can and two crescents of white just underneath it The second girl is described as having a chubby berry face with her lips all bunched together under her nose The third girl doesnt get compared to food until she is at the cash register and is obviously the most attractive to
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