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Comparison of The AP with SocietyJohn Updike has succeeded in writing a very simple short story portraying society with conformists the AP and idealists such as Sammy The story is merely five pages long but is filled with symbolism that can be analyzed and written in the length of a novel Society usually contains a government along with two types of people conformists and idealists The AP in this case is representing society whereas every aspect of the supermarket directly relates to reality The conformists are represented by the store manager employees of the AP and the customers whereas the idealist is represented through Sammy a teen-aged cashier who becomes fed up with the rules and policies of the APThe AP is a supermarket not like the ordinary local grocery store Everything in the AP is in order along with neatness almost to perfection Even though everything seems to be perfect there will always be something in the store that is out of place such as cans that fell over or a certain product that is on the wrong shelf This resembles how in every society there are always a few people the government will consider bad seeds People who will not abide the laws or will have rude manners or maybe even people who do not feel the need to quit smoking The government in this case is the manager of the store In general when an AP manager finds something out of place he will immediately order an employee to correct the situation Since the manager is considered the government it is safe to say that the employees must symbolize authority within the society After all it is these people that are responsible for keeping order in the supermarket Sammy is the main character in the story He notices three girls walking in swimsuits and decides to quit his job when the manager confronts the ladies and tells them they are not
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