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In John Updike's "A&P," find examples (min two) of satire in the story, and explain what is being satirized.

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Even if we call this an illustration and a celebration of youthful rebellion, that doesn't mean that parts of the rebellion are not being satirized as well. Sammy fits a role that is part knight, part existentialist, and part rebel. He challenges authority for his own rebellious whims but also for the honor and approval of Queenie. This act of rebellion and romance is significant to Sammy, but in the context of other larger forms of rebellion and courageous acts of knights and so forth, there is a slight satire on Sammy's gesture. He is not rebelling against unforgivable social oppression nor is he slaying a dragon to save the maiden....

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