What does this close attention to detail contribute to the story?
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Detail gives us a sense of the cultural, sexual, and economic forces at play within the supermarket. Sammy must carefully consider all the details going on around him to make his final conclusion. The details help make Sammy's insight at the end of the story genuine. The world, however, will be a difficult place for him if he chooses to attempt to buck the consumerism and small-mindedness he witnesses in the A & P. By ruminating on every detail of social inequality, Sammy sets himself up for an uneasy road of dissatisfaction.