The short story by John Updike called “A&P” is a very interesting little story. The way that it is written is quite amusing. It seems as though the story takes place around the seventies maybe, but the reader never really knows because it is not specified. One might think this is the time frame because of how Sammy, the narrator of the story, writes as if this is the time period in which he is living.
Sammy starts the story seeming as an ordinary grocery cashier in a small store, but it seems as if he has a little something to say about every person he sees or talks to, although he does not say anything out loud to the customers (or his boss for that matter). When three girls walk in the store wearing nothing but bathing suits, Sammy forgets if he rang up an item for a customer and had to ring it up twice. He then says, “She’s one of these cash-register-watchers, a witch about fifty with rouge on her cheekbones and no eyebrows…” (370). He writes this statement as if he does not have a care in the world, and it is shocking in the beginning of a ...
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