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从小说《A&P》分析20世纪60年代美国人心理

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  Ⅰ. Introduction about the author and the story John Updike is one of the America's most prominent contemporary authors and most of his works set a true picture of a certain period about America. The critics consider that “he is the accurate recorder of the history”. And Updike thinks nowadays the p
roblems human being face is to get rid of the mediocre life, making the life colorful. So, he always focuses on the common people's lives, through description theirs’ behavior, speech, attitude, showing his opinion about the moral, sex or religion, such as A&P.
  The A&P was first published in the July 22,1961, issued of the New Yorker and was published again the following year in the author's collections “the Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories”. After that, A&P has been established as John Updike’s most widely read short story. The setting of the story is in a small resort town in Massachusetts at the A&P grocery store. The protagonist, Sammy, is a nineteen years old boy, a cashier at the store. He sees his surroundings as being mundane and non- interesting. One day, when three girls walks into the store in nothing but two piece bathing suits, of course, quickly notice by Sammy. He changes his focus towards the three girls. Sammy is especially intrigued with one girl in particular, giving her the nickname Queenie. When the manager who was called Lengel, comes in, he notices and embarrassed Queenie and her friends. Maybe Sammy wants to catch the girls’ attention. Before they leaving, he said “I quit”. The girls have heard him, but they paid no attention to their hero. Sammy's decision will make his life much harder.
Ⅱ.The America's situation in 1960s
  At first glance, Updike’s short story “A&P” seems to be another coming of age piece. But a deeper look it reveals many ways in which the A&P grocery store can be viewed as a microcosm of America society in 1960s. The title Atlantic and Pacific, implies the whole America. Because from A
[论文网 lunwen.nangxue.com]tlantic to Pacific is just where the whole America located. Updike also sets the A&P as a supermarket and in the story also sets a lot of modern commodities. From this we can see America’s economy is very prosperous at that time. In fact, after worldⅡ, America's economy is developing very fast but the society is not stable. Many conflicts and assassinations occur in the country. Therefore, many people lose the enthusiasm to the politic and social reform. The youth tried to improve their minds but they are always directionless. Such as Sammy, set by John Updike in the short story A&P.
III. Analysis of Sammy’s Inner World-- His rebellion towards the tradition
  According to the introduction about America in 1960s above-mentioned, we can draw a conclusion that America's 1960s is a traditional and unconventional coexist                                                                period. In the story A&P, John Updike illustrates the two sides of the 1960s: one side being rebellious youth and the other side being the rigid establishment of the elders. Sammy and the three young girls are representatives of the youth, but Lengel is on  the elder side. In the story, we can see the clash between them is the same as the battle between these two sides in the 1960s. Now, I'd like to start with the younger ones.
  Sammy’s rebellion is lay out clearly when the three bikini girls walk into the A&P grocery store. Their dress immediately intrigues those who always follow a certain regime everyday,
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