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 tension. This story is seen through the eyes of a young man named Sammy. Through this character, we understand real life issues, such as making decisions, consequence 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 coming into manhood.
The entire story takes place in an A & P supermarket where two clerks, Sa…
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