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.
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
The first contains struggles against rules which is the three girls walking in dressed inappropriately at the supermarket, “A & P“. The whole time that the girls are wandering around the store to purchase their item, Sammy watches their every move and simply is attached to the leader of the group whom he calls “Queenie”. The store manager
Ginsberg refers to Whitman as “childless, lonely old grubber, poking among the meats in the refrigerator and eyeing the grocery boys” (Ginsberg 1290). He is sarcastically conveying groundless and discriminating notions of the time that homosexuals do not contribute to society because they cannot reproduce and that they are perverted. He thinks he is being followed by the store detective. At the time when the poem was written, all states had sodomy laws which made homosexual acts illegal in the United States
Ronnell Lynch, a salesperson, hired by Nabisco Biscuit Company had to deliver and stock bakery products on store shelves. Lynch made stops at local stores to refill previously delivered products for consumer purchase. Later, Lynch arrived at Lange's store to stock the shelves, but sees that the prime shelf space was not available. After he speaks with Lange over the use of specific shelves and Lynch violently assaults Lange and throws products on the floor. Then he simply leaves the store.
When a lovely lady comes up to Sammy’s register to check out, Sammy makes a mistake. Sammy complains “I ring up the HiHo crackers again and the customer starts giving me hell. She’s one of those cash-register watchers, a witch about fifty with rouge on her cheek bones and no eyebrows, and I know it made her day to trip me up.”(Updike 409). After the situation was sorted out, Sammy concludes “By the time I got her feathers smoother and her goodies into a bag – she gave me a little snort in passing, if she’d been born at the right time they would have burned her over in Salem.”(Updike 409). In my eyes, the way Sammy approached this situation was immature and irresponsible, because a simple apology could have changed the outcome.
Sarhan also signifies the trials, troubles and temptations of most young people of today. That is, love against money. He had been in a relationship with another woman, Safeya and lived with her in her apartment. He says that he doesn’t love Safeya. Actually, he cannot stand her at all but had to put up with her because she could afford to feed him and buy him clothes.
Her home gave off a horrid smell and the town’s people were not happy that she wasn’t paying taxes. These facts gave rise to many complaints. The people of the town didn’t want to confront Emily at first; therefore they would secretly sprinkle lime to neutralize the smell. Emily could occasionally be noticed sitting in a window behind her jalousies with a bright light shining about her. Soon after her fathers death Emily starts to date a much younger man who is in town to work on the sidewalks.
He decides to let Doreen know that she (he) has a problem with her weight. After this incident she tries to go on a diet but she ends up not eating at all and not looking healthy. He continues to pressure her, so she would keep dieting. He ends up in the coffee shop again and tries to “sell” her to a man sitting next to him. The story ends abruptly; with Doreen telling everybody that he is a salesman.
Instead of short-term memory, they used the phrase ‘working memory’ to reflect their view that this is the area of memory that is active when you are working on information. Working memory consists of the following parts: The different components of the Working Memory have certain functions to help information pass through the short-term store into the long term store. The first part of the Working Memory model is the central executive; it is the controller of this model. This component is the main part of the Working Memory as it allocates resources to other components. It is not visual or auditory.