There is also the element of a plot - the plot Updikes comes up with is often fascinating and hard not to critically acclaim. Most writers have turned out to be prolific historically due to their wits in writing and their creativity. However, Updikes uses his natural narrative style as his strongest prop to get his point registered in the minds of the readers.
In the story given, the feelings of Sammy changes quite a lot for the girls. The change described is not a natural one and Updikes takes great care in describing it as interestingly as possible. His specialty lies in not stating explicitly any changes in the characters' feelings. Updikes has a reasonably great style of concealing the changes in feelings of his characters so well that the reader is forced to re-evaluate the disposition of a character as the story progresses. Further, there the manner in which Sammy's traits are displayed in the story are an Updike signature. Though there can be negative criticism on his style of revealing Sammy's traits and his desire for the girls to notice his heroism, the manner in which it was progressively brought forward makes it a true piece of literature.
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