Essay For Creative Writing

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In The A and P by John Updike, irony is very apparent throughout the actions of the main character. Sammy, the main character takes a stand for what he believes is right and expects a positive outcome but is surprised when his good deed goes unnoticed. From the beginning he puts one of the incoming teenage girls on a pedestal. From her actions and the way she presents herself in the grocery store with only a bathing suit on, he views her as the “queen bee” of her group of friends. The “leader” of the group of teenage girls is dubbed “queenie” by Sammy from the beginning. Queenie walks in with her two other friends. She is much more attractive than them which makes her appear even better to Sammy. He becomes infatuated with her from the beginning without ever having spoken to her. He imagines details from her looks alone. Queenie becomes somewhat objectified by Sammy who notes that “…the straps were down. They were off her shoulders looped loose around the cool tops of her arms.” Queenie walks through the A and P with just a bathing suit and bare feet, very confidently and blatantly defying social conventions of 1960. “The girls were going against the usual traffic…” By this statement you can see she acts like the other shoppers and the employees are beneath her. She completely disregards the standards of the time and the rules of the grocery store. Sammy takes note of her confidence and is surprised when she doesn’t notice that he and his coworker are staring at her. “She must have felt in the corner of her eye me and over my shoulder Stokesie in the second slot watching, but she didn't tip. Not this queen.” Along with Queenie’s exuberant confidence, Sammy is lured in by her physical appearance and sexuality as well. Sammy describes Queenie’s bathing suit as “…a kind of dirty-pink - - beige maybe…with a little nubble all over it…” symbolizing the similarity

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