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Independence in Updike's A&P along with Welty's Why I Dwell in the P.O. Essay

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Why do many attempt to become independent or just do something larger in life? With Updike's "A&P" along with Welty's "Why I Live in the P.O.", we receive a first person look into two similar but various people's lives and battles. In "Why I Live in the P.O." sister is your most important character and the narrator. The same is for "A&P" however, Sammy is your main character and narrator. Sammy and Sister throughout the stories battle using their want of becoming independent. Sister is envious of her husband Stella-Rondo's life from the start saying "She'd anything on earth she wanted and then she'd throw it away" (Welty 261). Much like sister Sammy was constantly searching for a means to become independent or his own individual in life. Sammy though presents his drive to be independent not so publicly with the reader. Both personalities throughout each narrative use their own techniques to place themselves closer to the ultimate aim of becoming independent and independently. Through the stories we find that in the pursuit of independence Sister has a much more thought-out approach for her plan, while Sammy has a more passive intuitive approach to becoming independent. The need for independence from Sister is greater for she doesn't really have a stable family life. As the oldest that still lives in the home when her husband Stella-Rondo comes residence there's a rise for her want to become separate and get away. The sisters do not care for each other as Sister states "She was first to proceed with Mr. Whitaker before Stella-Rondo broke up them" (Welty 261). This is a major thing which lets us know that sister does have a huge issue with Stella-Rondo, also helps us to understand that there is a grudge and a need to be better than one another. The only way Sister see...

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