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April 3, 2016 | Author: | Posted in literature and language

Notice how artfully Updike arranges details to set the story in a perfectly ordinary supermarket . What details stand out for you as particularly true to life ? What does this close attention to detail contribute to the story

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‘ Updike depicts a very realistic supermarket . Particularly true to life are the s of the goods : they all three of them went up the cat-and-dog-food-breakfast-cereal-macaroni-rice-raisins-seasonings-sprea ds-spaghetti-soft drinks-crackers-and-cookies aisle ‘ and of the supermarket ‘s customers : the sheep pushing their carts ‘ and the houseslaves in pin curlers ‘ The close attention to details [banner_entry_middle]

br highlights the reality of the supermarket . The supermarket is like a church , where sheep ‘ congregate . The contrast that this creates against Queenie emphasizes her social distance from them , and contributes to an understanding of Sammy ‘s reasons for his behavior at the end of the story

How fully does Updike draw the character of Sammy ? What traits (admirable or otherwise ) does Sammy show ? Is he any less a hero for wanting the girls to notice his heroism ? To what extent is he more thoroughly and fully portrayed than the doctor in Godfather Death

We get to know Sammy ‘s idealistic side , but we still don ‘t know what kind of a person (as a friend , for instance ) he would be . Still , we get to know quite a significant bit about Sammy . Like the doctor in Godfather Death ‘ Sammy is very appreciative of feminine physical beauty , and like the doctor , Sammy is willing to defy authority However , this is just about the extent of our knowledge about the doctor , while we know so much more about Sammy . We know that he has a somewhat normal ‘ sense of humor (exemplified when he jokes with Stokesie : `Darling ‘ I said . `Hold me tight . We know that he is a little disgusted with the adult world that exists in the supermarket and we know that he has ideals that he wants to live up to . We also know that he like to be chivalrous and heroic . It must be realized , however that Sammy is not less of a hero for wanting to be noticed for his heroism . Being a hero is almost just an afterthought for him . Quitting his job was something he did more for himself

What part of the story seems to be the exposition ? Of what value to the story is the carefully detailed portrait of Queenie , the leader of the three girls

We get to learn in the beginning that Sammy works in a supermarket , but the exposition goes all the way to almost two-thirds into the story when Sammy tells the reader that I slid right down her voice into her living room ‘ by which the reader realizes the extent of the difference in social standing between Queenie and Sammy . Sammy imagines Queenie ‘s living room , with her father and the other men were standing around in ice-cream coats and bow ties and the women were in sandals picking up herring snacks on toothpicks off a big plate and they… [banner_entry_footer]


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