The Reality of Ambiguity in Updike’s “A&P” Abstract This essay briefly discusses the ambiguity of the ending of John Updike’s short story, A&P. Due to space limitations the discussion is limited to the ending of the story, particularly to the use of the word “hereafter.” The essay argues that Updike’s ambiguity offers the reader the opportunity to see more deeply into the human reality of his main character as well as to become a participant in the artistic process by making creative decisions for herself. Research sources included are by: L. J. Dessner (1988), J. S. Muzzillo (2010), P. W. Shaw (1993), C. E. Thompson (2001),and Wells, W. (1993). The final line of Updike’s short story “A&P” (1961) slams the alert reader with...The end:
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