Throughout John Updike`s short story "A & P" the protagonist Sammy, a young 19 year old male, is constantly judging the cliental who walks into the grocery store, A& P. For example, when three girls walk into the store with nothing but their bathing suits; Sammy’s mind begins to be very active when he is judging the girls. As Sammy watched Quennie “buzz” over to her friends, it made his stomach (and who knows what else) rubs the inside of his apron (Updike 2). Sammy also observed the women in the store turn away when they noticed the girls almost as if they knew what would happen and were ashamed for young girls (Updike 2). At which point, Sammy views all the older, less attractive shoppers as “sheep” pushing their carts around in a herd, or as “house slaves in pin curlers” (Updike 2). Through the choice of words by the author in these references from the book, the reader is led to believe that women were generally portrayed as passive individuals, known to stay at home, cook for their husbands and care for the children while the men were active at work.
Emily Nguyen Mrs. DiTallo L.A. per 5 5 April 2012 A&P Cause and Effect Essay The interesting short story “A&P” by John Updike is about a teenage boy named Sammy. The story starts, when three girls come in the store in only their bathing suits and Sammy notices them. Sammy then he starts to analyze them until they came to checkout their item until Lengel, the manager, starts an argument with the girls. Sammy, for a strange reason defended them and finally quit and going out to the parking lot to find the girls, which is nowhere to found. In “A&P”, the circumstantial causes intertwine with Sammy’s “choice” causes to create effects which speak directly to the story’s theme.
Ashley Green Kim Wolterbeek English 1B 01/30/15 Social Expectations In John Updike’s short story “A&P,” Sammy is a nineteen-year-old checkout clerk at an A&P store. The story starts when three girls in bathing suits enter the store and cause a commotion. The girls are watched intently by the other customers and upon checkout are confronted by Lengel, the store manager. Sammy welcomes the presence of the girls while Stokesie, another check clerk and Lengel are in shock. Sammy quits his job in protest to the girls’ treatment.
Lengel is the store manager and he is determined to let the girls know they are in the wrong for not dressing decently. Just as Lengel was scolding them Sammy was daydreaming about being in their living seeing their fathers in “Ice cream coats and bow-ties” and the women were wearing sandals eating snack while drinking
Characterization * 1. Sammy-(Dynamic) Sammy a teenage cashier, who develops an infatuation for the leader “Queenie” of a group of girls in bathing suits who enter the A&P Grocery store where he is employed. Sammy is infatuated with these girls as they enter the store to a point that he even messes up the shoppers ring-up. Sammy then, begins to notice even the smallest detail of each girl (She had sort of oaky hair that the sun and salt had bleached, done up in a bun that was unraveling, and a kind of prim face.) (Updike, 1961, p. 335)Sammy’s mixed emotions of lust and pride lead him to quit his job after the manager criticizes the girls about their choice of attire and their self-respect.
Analytical essay of A&P by John Updike Gail Kelly; C0321148 Eng 160 This short story by John Updike is set in the North of Boston in 1961. During this time in history there were major political concerns as Cold War hysteria plagued most of the United States. The protagonist, Sammy, is a clerk at a grocery store who spends his lazy work days analyzing the patrons. On this particular day there is an attention-grabbing display happening in the store; three young girls are shopping in bikinis. Given that it is the 1960’s the idea of girls strolling around in bathing suits in public is out of the ordinary.
The short story is manly based on four character's, sammy one the the cash register clerks, and three girls who walk into the store. John start of the story with the three girls walking into the store with noting on but bathsuits and sammy not noticing at first becuase he was "In the third checkout spot with his back to the door". Once one of the girls catchs his eyes you
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Name Changed Life In the “A&P” 19 year old Sammy who is a story all by himself is changed by three girls who enter his life as they walk in to shop at the local “A&P”. In which later on he decides to quit his job for these girls as a cashier at the local grocery store called the “A&P.” Realizing that he has made the decision to quit not only for himself, but the girls who inspired him not literally but figuratively quit to make what he seemed the right choice. In this short story, Sammy seems to have mixed opinions about these three girls who walk in. He sizes them up almost as they were all close friends and have known each other for years. Throughout the story, Sammy seems to become attached to these girls.
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