Essays Tagged: "Updike"

Marriage and Family in Updike's Stories

re occurring more than ever, and divorce had become the main concern in the twentieth century. John Updike became interested in this topic and began to write on this topic. He became one of the greate ... . He has written some of the greatest stories, but all his stories have one thing in common. All of Updike's stories' themes are about family relationships, marriage, and divorce. This topic appears c ...

(3 pages) 102 1 3.0 Jun/2002

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

A Dynamic Character in John Updike's "A&P"

Sammy: A Dynamic Character in John Updike's "A&P"In John Updike's "A&P", the main character, Sammy, becomes the story's narrato ... ture of quitting can be seen as an act of defiance and protest against corporate America. The title Updike has chosen for this story clearly represents corporate America, being that during the time th ...

(2 pages) 145 1 4.7 Nov/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

A & P Coming of Age

In the short story A & P, John Updike uses an array of imagery and description to portray key themes of internal conflict and tensi ... nce of action, adolescence, and responsibility. These are all areas that deal with "coming of age". Updike uses these elements to give the reader insight and understanding into the mind of a young man ... Sammy and Stokesie, watch three girls in bathing suits walk through the aisles of the market. John Updike uses descriptive imagery to help the reader understand what is going on in Sammy's mind. Deta ...

(3 pages) 110 0 4.0 Mar/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

John Updike's Works

h ritual, which can bring about the capturing of the inconceivable.Edward P. Vargo stated that John Updike uses ritual "to fulfill the great desire of capturing the past, to make the present meaningfu ... ind's desire for a relationship with God to form truth and value for the past, present, and future. Updike uses his talents as a writer to bring together the conceivable and the inconceivable.John Upd ...

(9 pages) 97 1 4.7 Jun/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American > Authors

John Updike's A&P and Edgar Allan Poe's Black Cat

the reader whether it is meant to be read dripping with distain, or read in a gleeful way. In both Updike's A&P and Poe'sThe Black Cat, the use of language in these stories largely determine the ... t stories, they are written in first person point of view, the narrators are the main characters.In Updike's short story, A&P uses narrative in the traditional sense in which the main character na ...

(3 pages) 40 0 4.3 Nov/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Nineteen Candles: Coming of age a found in John Updike's "A&P"

Brian KellerEnglish Comp. 102Nineteen CandlesIn John Updike's "A&P" we the readers are engaged with the coming of age story of Sammy, the story prota ... st. Through conflict with authority, fleeting traces of first love, and decisions based in passion, Updike allows us to see the beginning of Sammy's transition from adolescence into manhood. With focu ... on and sets the tone for Sammy's frame of mind. "In walk three girls in nothing but bathing suits" (Updike 15). From this, Updike uses a tone that is suggestive of the mindset of a young adolescent ma ...

(4 pages) 43 0 1.0 Mar/2005

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

A&P - Uncompleted

lly one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life, is a hero. In the short-story A&P by John Updike, Sammy is blinded from his responsibility by his spontaneous desire to become Queenie's "unsu ... tries to impress are gone. In his thoughts, Sammy wonders if he is a fool or a hero.IV. Characters Updike's A&P short-story consists of three primary characters. Sammy, the main character, lacks ...

(3 pages) 18 0 0.0 Oct/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Examples Of Rebellion In John Updike's A & P

Examples of Rebellion in John Updike's "A& P"� In "A & P"� John Updike develops a theme of rebellion by intr ... grocery store checker with a rebellious attitude. It is through Sammy's thoughts and comments that Updike clearly shows us examples of rebellion. Starting with comments of disdain and disrespect for ... shows us examples of rebellion. Starting with comments of disdain and disrespect for his customers, Updike leads up to the ultimate act of rebellion when Sammy quits his job. Updike cleverly explores ...

(3 pages) 57 0 0.0 Nov/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Rumor/The Awaking

THE AWAKING John Updike, "The Rumor" graphically depicts the rumor in a way that expresses doubt and distrust within ... hows how it can innocently make one aware of something hidden.In the first paragraph of this story, Updike talks about the couple, Frank and Sharon Whittier. He takes you through some twenty years of ... ng time. They seem to be happy and they have three children. Their oldest is just starting college. Updike tells us the rumor in the first sentence of the second paragraph. That Frank had left Sharon ...

(3 pages) 585 0 0.0 Nov/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Freedom

What's freedom worth? I'd say it's worth going the whole mile for, battling and dying. John Updike quoted in his essay that "risk is a price of freedom". In other words, one must take chances ... es in order to be free. From the pit of my heart, I see eye to eye with those words and in my mind, Updike's assertion is true.In the past, many perished for what they had faith in and what they wante ...

(2 pages) 14 0 0.0 Sep/2001

Subjects: Businesss Research Papers

The First Kiss by John Updike

In John Updike’s excerpt of “The First Kiss”, Updike uses metaphors and other rhetorical devi ... e environment around them as they optimistically keep their eyes glued to the players. The way that Updike combines sentences along with the sentence structure is also support as Updike shows the audi ... e opening season of a baseball event.Throughout the excerpt from “The First Kiss” by John Updike, the use of metaphor is evident. An example of this is “Our eyeballs grew calluses (line ...

(2 pages) 13 0 5.0 Jan/2008

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Rabbit, run happy endings

your relationships, your self-image, and your hopes for the future all seem more promising. In John Updike's novel, rabbit, run, Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom is a man who wants constant change. He hasn't f ... do to them. He was not the typical 1950's family man that everyone watched on TV. That is not what Updike was trying to get across. The 1950's were a funny decade in regards to family values a ...

(13 pages) 11 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American > Poetry

POINT OF VIEW IN AandP

ew This story 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 entir ... alizes 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 describe ...

(3 pages) 369 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Civil Rights > Women's Studies

Johnny Got His Gun

h ritual, which can bring about the capturing of the inconceivable.Edward P. Vargo stated that John Updike uses ritual "to fulfill the great desire of capturing the past, to make the present meaningfu ... ind's desire for a relationship with God to form truth and value for the past, present, and future. Updike uses his talents as a writer to bring together the conceivable and the inconceivable.John Upd ...

(9 pages) 9 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

A&P

Character and Contradiction in "A & P" At first glance, John Updike's Sammy, in "A&P," is just a typical teenaged boy working in a grocery store: smart-mouth ... of. Such closer analysis reveals that, in fact, he's a round character, not a typical one, because Updike not only shows several of Sammy's traits, but also shows several sides of him. That is, Updik ... but sensitive, rebellious but conforming, and irresponsible but responsible in a larger sense.First Updike portrays Sammy as sexist. He's sexist in that he seems unable to see women as people, consist ...

(5 pages) 15 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Wife Wooing

wo people -- five if one includes the children, but they are essentially interlopers in the tale -- Updike vividly creates a setting in which the principal players are completely isolated from one ano ...

(3 pages) 1746 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American > Poetry

John Updike's short story "A&P"

The events of John Updike's short story "A&P" are experienced through theperspective of the main protagonist, Sammy ... f the main protagonist, Sammy, a naïve teenager living in an Americansuburb during the 1950's. Updike's use of the first person narrative is very effective ingiving the reader immediate insight i ... to the store's patron as a " witch" and stating that he wasaware of her trying to prove him wrong, Updike presents his narrator as very critical anduntrusting of the elderly customer without any just ...

(6 pages) 25 0 0.0 May/2009

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

John Updike's "A & P"

"A & P"At first glance, John Updike's "A & P" seems to vividly describe inconsequential events that occur in a small town gro ... describe inconsequential events that occur in a small town grocery store. Tony Saldivar posits that Updike used his artistic background to aid Sammy's description of the girls, especially "Queenie", t ... embody his sexual desires into his own personal Venus (Saldivar); while, Robert Peltier posits that Updike used the then-current social and cultural aspects to create, "an early harbinger of the youth ...

(2 pages) 32 0 5.0 Aug/2009

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Devotion and Desire in Updike's A&P

FORMAT �1� Carlos RochaMs. Yvonne GuerreroENG 1320.3112/12/2010Devotion and Desire in Updike's A&PAlmost everyone has aspirations and goals that they want to attain sometime during t ... les' subconscious, influences their actions, and ultimately directs their lives, as is used by John Updike as a theme in his short story A&P. Another theme explored in A&P is the mystery of ot ...

(3 pages) 28 0 0.0 Apr/2010

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

A&P Critique

periods of trial and tribulations, sometimes things go their way and sometimes they don't. In John Updike's A&P, it would appear that the young character is going through a period of these in his ... y 'striking' and 'attractive' but never quite makes it…which is why they like her so much," (Updike pg. 18) He designates the third girl "Queenie" because of the way that she walked and how she ...

(5 pages) 0 0 0.0 Feb/2014

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American > Authors