Rewrite a section of "A&P" and demonstrate how point of view changes one's interpretation of a story.

If one were to rewrite a section of "A&P" from Lengel's point of view, it would be necessary to understand his values, where he's coming from, and why he might act the way he does. As a devout Christian and Sunday school teacher, Lengel isn't someone who's likely to feel very comfortable with women wearing bathing suits in his presence. This partially explains why he reprimands the girls. Afterwards, Sammy feels sorry for Lengel and the girls, but one must acknowledge that Lengel's response was perfectly reasonable under the circumstances.

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If one were writing a section of "A&P" from Lengel's point of view, one would have to internalize his value system.

In order to do this, it would be necessary to understand Lengel's values, where he's coming from, and why he might act the way he does. For many people, Lengel's attitude towards the three girls who come into his store dressed in bathing suits may seem more than a little harsh. But if one has to rewrite a section of the story from his point of view, it's necessary to put such feelings aside and try and put oneself in his shoes.

Among other things, this means acknowledging the role that Lengel's Christianity plays in his decision. As a devout Christian and Sunday school teacher, Lengel isn't someone who's likely to feel very comfortable with women wearing bathing suits in his presence, which partially explains why he reprimands the girls.

Once we've understood and internalized Lengel's values, then it becomes possible to rewrite the uncomfortable encounter with the three girls from his point of view, giving us in the process a very different perspective from that provided by Sammy.

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