Analysis Of The A & P By John Updike

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Unwarranted Decisions Many people act foolishly, some based on common sense and past experience and some based on impulse and reckless idealism. In “The A&P” by John Updike, the cashier quit while acting unwarranted, he acted on intangible reasons, assumptions, while not thinking of the consequences. Many who act unwarranted end up hurting themselves and occasionally others because they do not think of the backlash that could occur based off their rash and uninformed decisions. Many awful events in history were due to unwarranted acts, the Iraq War for instance, the US decided to act militarily without tangible fact and wasted billions of dollars and killed many innocent people. Now this act is in no comparison to a war, it is just that when…show more content…
The girls did not even talk or form any meaningful relationship with him whatsoever; they were just there to buy food and leave. She even went out of her way not to look at them, Updike states; “She must have felt in the corner of her eye me and over my shoulder Stokesie in the second slot watching but she didn’t tip, not this queen” (462). Their whole relationship was him watching her throughout the store; forming a somewhat creepy and awkward one-sided relationship. That is not how a meaningful relationship starts; stalking them like animals, peaking on them like an immature boy; and ogling at them through multiple aisles of a grocery store. He hangs on every single word that the queen bee says, analyzes her speech and tone of her voice, and vividly imagines the inside of her house. They have not even met before this day and he has not even talked to her. All of these feelings that he is feeling are unwarranted, maybe it is because that she is pretty, but he acts as if though he is in love with…show more content…
There is no logical explanation for why he quit, and Sammy will not be able to give his parents one. They got him the job in the first place as Updike explains, “He’s (Lengel) been a friend of my parents for years, “Sammy you don’t want to do this to your mom and dad,” he tells me. It’s true, I don’t, but it seems to me that once you begin a gesture its fatal not to go through with it (467)”. This is where Sammy has a big decision to make, and he chooses the wrong decision. He could just forget the queen and her followers but he still thinks that they care and they clearly do not. He later realizes that he has made a monumental mistake and feels the weight of his actions crush him. His actions are unwarranted because of his lack of hindsight, that his action has an effect on his family, on him, on the store, and especially on the manager. Lengel is one who is hurt by his actions as well; he has to fill in as a cashier until they find a new one and that is no job for a stiff, aching old
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