The language devices used in thisstory are: symbolism, imagery, and metaphor. Symbolism is used in the line:”The sheep pushing their carts down the aisle” (Updike). To Sammy, the “sheep”are the those who “just follow the flock.” Symbolism is also used in the line:”The whole store was like a pinball machine and I didn’t know which tunnelthey’d come out of” (Updike).
Imagery is used when describing the girl’sbathing suits: “She had on a kind of dirty-pink… bathing suit with a littlenubble all over it” (Updike). Metaphor is used in the line: “Shook open a paperbag as gently as peeling a peach” (Updike). These language devices relate tothe central idea because it helps the author give us an example of the consequencesthat came out of an impulsive action.Thesetting of the story is the A Store in New England in the Summer of the1960’s: “Our town is five miles from a beach…we’re right in the middle of town… It’s not as if we’re on the Cape; we’renorth of Boston” (Updike). The setting of this story contributes to the centralidea because without this specific setting, Sammy couldn’t have made thatchoice that led to him suffering appalling consequences.
The story is in thefirst-person point of view. It is the point of view of the narrator, Sammy.Sammy tells most of the story in past tense: “I stood there with my hand on abox of HiHo crackers trying to remember if I rang it up or not” (Updike). Sammyis very descriptive of the stuff he talks about: “There was this one, with oneof those chubby berry-faces, the lips all bunched together under her nose, thisone, and a tall one, with black hair that hadn’t quite frizzed right, and oneof these sunburns right across under the eyes, and a chin that was too long”(Updike).
This point of view relates to the central idea because it helpsexplain an example of a one of Sammy’s bad decisions that lead to a badconsequence.