"A&P" by John Updike

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Experience Leads To Lessons of Life Teenagers in the world will most likely learn the way of life through their experience. They would learn the hardships, life has to offer: working with other people, living with what one has and etcetera. Also learning how life is like without the parents’ safe guard. What causes this learning of life has many different reasons with each and every person. One learning experience of life is explored in this short story called, “A&P”. In his short story “A&P”, John Updike explores how the main character immaturity and irresponsibility lead him to learn the reality of life. Sammy, the main character, without thinking quits his job and got the idea that he’s doing this for a good reason specifically to get attention from the girls. He defended them by quitting because his manager said that the girls can’t be in bathing suits in the store that he’s working in. Then after he quit he realized that he made a mistake after the girls didn’t acknowledge him defending them. In the beginning of the story, Sammy’s first reason for his immaturity and irresponsibility is his boredom in working in this grocery store. In the store, no excitable occurrences or active situations are going on; nothing is going out of the ordinary. The customers that comes through the store, Sammy calls them sheep because they are like followers, the customers do the same thing when they come to the store. When three girls come in with only bathing suits, he called them the same thing, “The sheep pushing their carts down the aisle-the girls were walking against the usual traffic (not that we have one-way signs or anything)-were pretty hilarious,” (Updike 99). They come in, get what they want to buy from the aisles and goes to the checkout, and that is what Sammy sees every day. He thinks that these “sheep” or customers acts, dresses, looks and probably

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