What would be a possible thesis for the short story "A & P" by John Updike?

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Thesis writing can be hard. The first thing to remember about any good thesis is that it makes an argument. It is not a statement of fact. There is nothing to prove. Saying that Sammy quits his job is not a thesis statement, so regardless of what thesis you come up with, be sure that it makes an argument that you intend to prove with evidence from the story. 

The second thing to remember about thesis statement writing is that it is okay to be formulaic when writing the thesis. A solid thesis writing style is the "point and counter-point" format. This kind of thesis statement begins by admitting to an argument that you intend to disprove. The second half of the statement is then what your main argument is. Generally, this thesis format begins with a dependent clause, and it is then followed up by the independent clause containing your main argument.  

The previous post contains some great thesis suggestions.  A couple of them open up the possibility to connect this story to societal...

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