Minor Character In John Updike's A & P

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Discuss and analyse minor characters in ‘’A&P’’ and explain how they influence the reader’s perception of the main character. Thesis: In the short story ‘’A&P’’, Updike uses minor characters in order to shape the reader’s perception of the protagonist. Queenie: represents precocity and innocence, testing the boundaries of allowable behavior without fully grasping the implication of her actions until she is confronted and embrarrased by Lengel. → the leader of her group of friends, and she has clearly induced the other two girls into walking into the A&P wearing only their bathing suits. While the other girls seem awkward and , Queenie is unafraid by the disapproving glances of the other shoppers and the eager gazes of the male employees.…show more content…
No longer a self-assured sexual being, her response—that she is buying something for her mother,reveals that she has not yet quite reached adulthood. The combination of her brazenness and vulnerability ultimately spurs Sammy to shun the rules that bind him. ‘’You never know for sure how girls’ minds work (do you really think it’s a mind in there or just a little buzz like a bee in a glass jar?).’’ Sammy speculates on the mental processes of girls early in the story. he assumes that if he cannot understand the workings of a girl’s mind, it is because there is no mind there to understand. →The opposite is possible, his understanding is limited ( does not occur to him). Sammy’s male sexist attitude is mostly a stance. He portrays himself as, sarcastic. he is deeply interested in women, both physically and mentally, although he is not as worldly or wise as he supposes. The manager of the A&P. Lengel is an uptight manager, as well as a Sunday-school teacher. Lengel is to Sammy a prisoner of the system as well as an authority figure. Lengel confronts the girls about their skimpy attire, embarrassing them and angering
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