Sammy's decision to quit his job at the grocery store shows his development from an immature teenager to a person who will take a position for what he believes in no matter the consequences. Sammy's immaturity is seen right from beginning of the story when he says, "In walks three girls in nothing but bathing suits"( Updike 596). At first Sammy could not watch them stroll around the store because his back was at the door, but once they were in his sight he instantaneously begins to illustrate them and notice every physical detail of each of the girls, from their skin tone to the color of the suits. He and his other friends that work i... ... middle of paper ... ...arts off being immature, gazing at the girls as they meander around the store. But, as time goes on he begins to grow up and realizes that he does not have to be like everyone else and begins to make his own decisions.
He follows their every move as they peruse over the cookies and other goods. The first thing this typical nineteen boy recognizes is the one girl’s “can”. But then he goes on to say that this girl is one that other girls seems to think has potential but never really makes it with the guys. One girl though especially catches his eye. He starts to call her “Queenie” because of the way she carries herself and that she seems to be the leader of the pack.
Because of the girl’s different appearance from the usual shoppers in A & P, Sammy couldn’t help but stare. This type of dress was not part of the “A & P policy” especially since “the women generally put on a shirt or shorts or something before they get out of the car into the street”. An example of Sammy’s imagination is exemplified through his description of the other shoppers in A & P. Sammy refers to the shoppers as “sheep” twice in the story. Once as he views the customers continuing to push their carts down the aisle only glancing slightly at the girls and continuing to shop. Sammy “bets you could set off dynamite in an A & P and the people would by large keep reaching and checking oatmeal off their lists and muttering…” The second time is when the girls go to the check out lane and Lengel starts to explain the policy.
In the short story, “A & P” by John Updike, Sammy is an employee at the local A & P supermarket in a small town in New England. During his time spent as a clerk in the checkout line, he builds a resentment for the customers and management at the store. Sammy is very displeased with his job and appears to be looking for an excuse to leave. Sammy is nineteen years old and is intrigued about the opposite sex. One day at work, Sammy notices that three attractive females have walked into the store wearing only their bathing suits.
As they go about their errands, Sammy observes the reactions, of the other customers, to this trio of young women. He uses the word "Sheep" to describe the store regulars, as they seem to follow one and other, in their actions and reactions. The girls, however, appear to be unique in all aspects of their beings: walking, down the isles, against the grain: going barefoot and in swim suits, amongst the properly attired clientele. They are different and this is what catches and holds Sammy's attention. He sees them in such detail, that he can even see the queen of the bunch.
In John Updikes’ A&P, a 19 year old man named Sammy was working as a cashier for the store. Three girls, wearing only bathing suits, walked into the store. He was so captivated by the girls once he noticed them. Distracted by their beauty, he started describing them, detail by detail. The question asked was whether Sammy’s act of quitting was selfish or was it a sacrifice and if he cared about the girls’ dignity.
In Ray Miller’s short story “Work,” the protagonist, Davis, is very unenthusiastic towards his job. He works in a frustrating office environment. Conversely, Sammy, from John Updike’s short story “A&P,” works at a local supermarket named A&P where he is required to ring up groceries for all the customers. His job is rather disappointing until he meets three odd women dressed in bathing suits. The teenage cashiers are
The A & P’s typically customers consist of matronly women and these beautiful young ladies cause Sammy’s attention to drift from his duties at the checkout as he sees the barefoot visitors enter the quaint store. The girls, sporting swim wear and barely covered sun kissed bodies, confidently move about and seem to be unaware of the obvious attention from spectators. Stokesie, a fellow cashier, finds his attention drawn to the girls as he exclaims, “I feel so faint”, (Updike 20) demonstrating the intoxicating effect of the unusual visitors. The girls parade isle by isle, barefoot and seem unaware of the distraction caused by their presence. Confidently they walk against ... ... middle of paper ... ... the whole incident as we attempted to defend our Halloween costumes.
The plot of the story deals with three girls who come into the store dressed only in bathing suits. They make their entrance in the very first sentence, and they complicate Sammy's life. At first, Sammy, his older friend Stokesie, and McMahon the butcher all look at the girls lustfully. But of them all, only Sammy enjoys the entertainment the girls bring. The other shoppers crash their carts, look stunned, and are suddenly jarred out of their everyday routine.
While working at “A&P” Sammy notices three young girls around his age walking bare feet into the store wearing two-piece swimsuits. He observes them carefully as they shop. With the detailed descriptive narration of the girl’s clothes and their appearance, readers are able to tell that Sammy is interesting in the girls and he cannot keeping his eyes off them. If this story is narrated by Queenie, to the readers, Sammy is an immature teenager who is acting