The A & P by Updike

Gone are the days that humans could live impulsively, only taking physical pain and pleasure into account when making decisions. Or so one would like to believe. In a display of sheer innocence and ignorance, Sammy, a grocery clerk at the A & P, managed to revert back to the original behavior patterns of his … Read more

The Centaur by John Updike

John Updike, unlike many of today’s authors, wrote about what he knew and life experiences. Some people may say that this would make his writings boring or uninteresting. The way he writes, however, makes it applicable to almost everyone’s life. When John Updike was little he grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania and … Read more

John Updikes Poems

John Updikes poems are written in a very peculiar style. Unlike most poets, Updikes poems seem to tell a story, rather than depict a singular emotion. This is due to the fact that many of Updikes poems deal with simple, yet focused topics. Updike masters the use of vivid language to produce powerful images in … Read more

John Updikes A&P

John Updike’s “A&P” is a short story about a nineteen year old boy during the 1960’s that has a summer job at the local A&P grocery. The main character in the story, Sammy, realizes that life isn’t always fair and that sometimes a person makes decisions that he will regret. Sammy sees that life doesn’t … Read more

John Updike and his philosophies

Existence is like a creature that hides and then reveals itself. Existence is defined in Websters New World Dictionary as the “state or fact of being.” This existence strives to reach truth which is located beyond space and time, yet truth must be grasped by existence nevertheless. This is accomplished through ritual, which can bring … Read more

A Typical Man

There are days that it would be nice outside and I’ll go out for a walk; I’d either go to the park up the block, the Bodega (a Spanish grocery store) at the corner, or a friend’s house. I would walk down the sidewalk and it’s like I’m a famous person or an expensive car … Read more

John Hoyer Updike

John Hoyer Updike was born March 18, 1932 to Linda Grace Updike and Wesley Russell Updike in Reading, Pennsylvania. Wesley Updike was originally from New Jersey where he worked as a telephone splicer and was laid off from his job during the depression. Wesley Updike met his wife Linda Updike in New Jersey. After Wesley … Read more

John Updike, This Concept In His Works

Whether it is novels, short stories or critiques; John Updike gives the reader his analysis on human behavior. He starts with realistic issues and adds a little imagination to create a novel that is rich in quality and relevant to the lifestyles and actions of man (Towers 157). A persons color, gender, and social class … Read more

The Enlightenment of Sammy in Updikes A & P

In John Updike’s short story, “A & P,” the main character, Sammy, is a cashier at a small grocery store. He is seen by many to be a sexist pig, describing in detail how he sees the three girls that walk in to the store. Sammy is in fact a sexist pig by what he … Read more

Separating by John Updike

20th century writers dealt with many issues and themes throughout their writing. The authors that I have chosen to look at are Updike, Beatti, Rothke and Plath. These authors and their works will each be evaluated by how they deal with the subjects love, death, loss and passing of time. The short story Separating by … Read more

The novel Marry Me by John Updike

Men and women have depended on each other forever. The unique bond between the male and female is often discussed through literature. John Updike examines male freedom as a myth. Through his writing, John Updike shows a mans need of women. In the novel Marry Me by John Updike an ordinary suburban love affair is … Read more

The Great Scarf of Birds, by John Updike

All poets have a certain structure in order for their poem to be understood in an artistic and unique way. Through the use of organization, diction and figurative language, the poem is composed in a creative manner. In The Great Scarf of Birds, by John Updike, the speaker is understood through the use of all … Read more