John Updikes a&P

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In a small town everything is familiar and often taken for granted. In John Updike’s short story “A&P” the main character Sammy discovers a beautiful girl unlike anything he has ever seen before, in the small town. The magnificent girl, who he calls “Queenie” stuns him so much that he quits his job in her defense. The difference in Sammy and Queenie are that their mature level is different, while the difference in Sammy and Lendle is their view on the way girls should dress, and lastly how Sammy stands up for the girls and they don’t notice. Character can be defined as the combination of qualities or features that distinguishes one person, group, or thing from another. Sammy starts off as a young man who is discontent with his ordinary life checking customers out at the grocery store in a sleepy small town. As a teenager Sammy feels the need to change his way of life. Sammy is a 19 years old boy who seems to be working hard to help his parents put food on the table. You can tell in the beginning of the story when the line “In walks three girls in nothing but bathing suits”. (Updike) He observes every little thing about these three girls from their tan lines to their bathing suits. After the girls walk in he is checking out one of the regular “cash-register-watchers” and he is so focused on the girls that he rings an item up twice and she yells at him. (Updike) From when the girls walk in till they come up to check out with one item Sammy is constantly looking and thinking about Queenie. Unlike his manager Lengel, he finds the girls a distraction from his everyday job where Lengel finds them arrogant for walking in to his grocery store with no shoes and only their bathing suites. Lengel tells the girls that “This isn’t the beach”. (Updike) At this point you think the way that Sammy is acting is immature because he is just thinking about how he likes the way the

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