A&P and the Working Class: Poverty, Boredom, and Hopelessness
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... “A&P” and the working Poverty, boredom, and hopelessness August 4, “A&P” and the working Poverty, boredom,and hopelessness John Updike's short story, “A&P” describes Sammy, who acts like a hero and avenges the integrity of his princess, Queenie, by resigning from his job. Updike unfolds to his readers that Sammy is no real hero. Instead, he belongs to the working-class sector, whose idea of a “break” is imagining that his life can be better by changing who he is. This essay examines the setting, characters, images, and symbols of “A&P.” It argues that Updike is expressing his ideas about the working-class and their realities, in contrast to the upper class. “A&P” entails that Sammy belongs to the...