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How does the theme of choices and consequences go with the setting of A&P?

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amanda710 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 16, 2011 at 3:50 AM via web

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How does the theme of choices and consequences go with the setting of A&P?

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jihyunkim67 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted June 11, 2012 at 11:27 AM (Answer #1)

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The setting of the story is in a supermarket called the A&P. Updike focuses on emphasizing the importance of making the right choices you make and the consequences that follow. In places like A&P where you must make a decision on which good out of hundreds to purchase, decisions have to be made. For every good decision you make, you will reap the benefits that might even have greater utility but for every bad decision you must pay its price. Sammy, the main protagonist in the story is portrayed as an immature and reckless teengaer and makes crucial decisions without considering the consequences. When he quits his job at the store he fails to examine the aftermath of such decision and doesn't see the significance of being patient and tolerating hardship when you need to.

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