"Young ladies, this isn't the shoreline," is the first thing Lengel says to the young ladies when he sees them (Updike 1028). Queenie clarifies that her mom sent her to get some herring snacks, inferring that since her mom sent her it is flawlessly fine for her to be in the store with just a swimsuit on. While Lengel and Queenie are contending, Sammy pictures himself at Queenie's home amid a gathering. In his creative energy he sees, "her dad and the other men were remaining around in frozen yogurt coats and neckties and the ladies were in shoes getting herring snacks on toothpicks off a major glass plate and they were every single holding drink the shading of water with olives and sprigs of mint in them" (Updike
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.
In the beginning of the story he is somewhat immature in the ways he views life. He is a daydreamer, which is shown numerous times in his talk of the three young girls. He is selfish when he quits his job with no regard to how it will affect his parents who may have to support him now or Lengel who has had to take over his job as cashier. Sammy show a sympathetic side by getting upset when Queenie becomes embarrassed, he also shows devotion by sticking to his decisions even after he realizes they were not wrong. By the end of this story Sammy shows how his characteristics have changed from that of a young man with no worries to that of a man by realizing how hard life would be on him and everyone who loves
In John Updike’s “A&P”, the reader is introduced to Sammy, a young man who is fresh out of high school and working as a cashier at the local A&P grocery store. This is a pretty boring job until this day, when three young girls, wearing only bathing suits, come strolling in. Being a sleepy little town, this causes quite a big stir, especially for Sammy. This could be the most thrilling thing that’s ever happened to him at work. It’s certainly more entertaining than creating songs to the sounds of the cash register.
B: Yeah I can tell. (Chuckles) Narrator: “They walk around the store grabbing snacks and drinks. Walter picks up the milk and eggs for Mama and enters the line to pay for everything. They begin to have a conversation until Bobo loses attention and notices something.” B: Wait a minute… isn’t that… (Gasps) THAT’S WILLY HARRIS! W: That is Willy!
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.
He thinks as people get old or grows up, they change and lose their innocence. One of the many reasons for his affection and love towards little children, because he thinks their innocent compare to the grown-ups. One thing for sure is that, Holden wants to be successful as well anyone. "I’m always saying ‘Glad to’ve met you’ to someone I’m not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though."
(Kellner) “A&P” by John Updike is a short story of a 19 year old young man named Sammy who works in a grocery store in small-town America. The main setting is the A&P, a popular and trusted grocery store back in the day. The reader gets the sense of cookie cutter houses, white picket fences, kids with flags and bells on their bicycles and nothing out of place or particularly notable. The reader gets a sense, however, that Sammy has other perceptions with his description of the A&P. Sammy’s descriptions of the A&P suggest rigid monotony and bland uniformity. The fluorescent light is as blandly cool as the “checkerboard green-and-cream rubber tile floor” (Updike p.88).
The fact that he is not able to go to college, does not take away his dream of becoming a sports leader, he seems to be quite convinced that his dream will come true someday. It is almost like he escapes into his own little, perfect dream world. A boy named Martin from school refers to him as “fat fuck”. The boy used to be fit and he was
Weak channels of distribution were very poor and made it difficult for them to transfer merchandise. One key factor they were missing is not having a warehouse. Not having locations to store inventory made it very difficult for managers to try and figure the accurate quantity for each destination as they grew in unfamiliar areas. This leads to being over stocked with product that causes the expenses to outweigh the profit. The lack of organization is very present in this case.