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A&P Essay

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Reality In John Updike's short story "A&P," the narrator struggles to be a part of a fantasy world before being abruptly forced back into his reality world. The three girls that enter the store cause the narrator to fantasize of a life other than what he is accustom to. The narrator imagines living their kind of life, which includes wealth and confidence, only to be constantly reminded of his actual life by the people around him. In the end, after quitting his job in an attempt to be a hero, the narrator ends up back in the undesirable life to which he belongs. As the three girls enter the store, the narrator is immediately introduced to a world different than the ...view middle of the document...

" This customer optimizes the type of people he is used to dealing with. The narrator shows hostility towards the woman for yelling at him and for taking him away from watching the girls. He says, "by the time I get her on her way the girls had circled around the bread and were coming back, without a pushcart, back my way along the counters"¦." The narrator immediately gets back to admiring the girls and watching their every action. He notices where they're coming from and in what direction they're walking to. He is back in his fantasy world.After eyeing up each girl, the narrator becomes obsessed with the leader of the three girls; he calls her the queen. When describing "Queen" and her bathing suit; he says, "I mean, it was more than pretty." As the girls walk around the store, the author is enamored by the way the girls, mainly the queen, handle themselves. He is enveloped in his fantasy world with the girls. His co-worker Stokesie also notices the girls and joins his fantasy world. ""˜Oh, Daddy,' Stokesie said beside me. "˜I feel so faint.'" Stokesie suddenly realizes what is actually taking place and immediately tries to appear more respectable. " "˜ Is it done?' he asks, the responsible married man finding his responsible voice." Once again, the author is brought back into his reality world working with people unlike himself. The narrator mentions that Stokesie desires to be the manager of the store someday. The narrator tells us that to further separate himself from the people he works with. While the girls are arguing with the manager of the store, the narrator begins to picture the life of the three girls. The narrator says, "All of a sudden I slid right down her voice into her living room. Her father and the other men were standing around in ice cream coats and bow ties"¦they were all holding drinks the color of water with olives and sprigs of mint in them."...

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