The author uses characterization, symbolism, and setting to explain Sammy's life issues such as decision-making, result of action, and responsibility. The story illustrates that part of growing up is about making choices and a willingness to accept consequences of one’s own choices. The story begins as if it is any mundane workday at the A&P. Sammy is a typical teen, making sarcastic comparisons of the customers in the grocery store. He calls one of his customers a "witch" and says the other customers are "house slaves" and "sheep."
Sammy is looking for who he is, and anything worth having is worth fighting for. Sammy doesn’t quit his job to impress some girls, he quits to stop depending on others and find is own path trough life. Works Cited Rex, Terry. Rev. of “A&P” John Updike.
Debra’s brothers were very similar to Jerry, and she wished they could be able to have jobs just like Jerry so that is another reason why she didn’t want to complain. On the other hand it would be a good idea to tell the manager something because she feels uncomfortable, and she should think about herself before being concerned with what is going to happen to Jerry. An example in the case study where Debra feels like she wants to tell the manager that she is bothered by Jerry is when he is following her, stepping on her foot in line, and bumping in to her. She knows he is challenged and probably doesn’t mean any harm, but she feels she has no choice but to say something. Another example of when she feels like she should tell the manager is later on the case study when she feels like Jerry forgot about her; however he comes over from a different register just to help her with her bags.
Don’t ask.”(Diaz 237). Also, when he is telling the girl stories about the neighborhood, he says not to tell her that his mother knew immediately what t... ... middle of paper ... ... has most likely has never actually done any of this. This guide is probably just compiled from the different things he has heard from other people, He has probably heard the things from the people he is trying to impress and be accepted by, possibly his dad, uncle, or other boys in his neighborhood. He may have felt like he had to do these things because he believes everyone else is, that in order to be ‘cool’ you must have sex. Yunior is ashamed of everything that he is.
Lengel criticizes the girls for shopping in his store in their beachwear. He states the store policy requires that "their shoulders be covered.” The three girls are embarrassed by the ex-Sunday school teacher, " blushing though their light tans." Sammy rang up the items for the girls, but as the transaction was finished, he states to the manager, “I quit.” Sammy, trying to be the hero and standing up for the girls, gets completely ignored and unnoticed by the girls that he so desperately wanted to impress. The trio had already turned their backs and were headed for the exit. Sammy has a quick discussion with his ex-manager and r... ... middle of paper ... ...n again in the future.
At a second glance it becomes clear that old age is trying to help youth. This could be because they do not want youth to make the same mistakes as they made, they want them to enjoy their youth, they miss their youth, ect. Because Cummings writes in such a way, he succeeds in getting both those points across and in that order. Everything old age says and does makes it clear that stand for restriction and limitations. Cummings writes, “(old/ age/ cries No/ Tres)&(pas)/…(sing” to show how they stand for restriction (ll.
He showed that the girls distracted him from his job, disregarded store policy of A&P, and in the end he showed regret which can be questioned. Sammy was describing, specifically, about the girl’s body parts and bathing suits, which causes mistakes in while working and making people unsatisfied. He was admiring the girls so much he ignored store policy and was believing Lengel having a Sunday teacher moment. In the end, he was looking back in the window feeling sympathy for leaving, Lengel taking his place. He only cared about the girls because of their beauty, not because of their
He allegedly quit his job for the disrespect that his boss was giving three innocent girls who happened to be wearing bathing suits when there mom asked them to go into the store for some snacks. He was brave and a big hero for what he did in this story. After what Lengel said to the girls Sammy protested and said, “The girls, and who’d blame them, are in a hurry to get out, so I say ‘I quit’ to Lengel quick enough for them to hear, hoping they’ll stop and watch me, their unsuspected hero” (204). The girls just kept on walking though as if they didn’t hear anything. When Lengel finally heard what Sammy said Lengel replied with, “Did you say something Sammy?” (204) Sammy went ahead and repeated himself, “I said I quit.
A woman that was currently at Sammy's counter was middle aged and brought Sammy no sympathy to the shoppers; he sometimes mention them as sheep. His names of the shoppers also include insight of Sammy's view of the ordinary shoppers; Sammy did not care much for others. “Sammy wishes to quit, but he resists doing so because his parents would regard his decision as 'the sad part of the story'” (Thompson 215). Sammy points out that he thinks of quitting his job many times during the story, subtle as they are, he begins with the observation of quitting during the summer rather the winter and the part where he has mentioned “the sad part of the story” (Up... ... middle of paper ... ...e, Sammy becomes an overthinker instead of an unrealistic believer which becomes his new worldview at the end of "A & P". Works Cited Dessner, Lawrence Jay.
For the moment, at least, he's reposing the confidence that he's doing the right thing". One may agree with Updike's opinion, because as Sammy stated himself, he wanted to be an "unsuspected hero" (152). Also, he was indeed deceived by that moment of attraction. Trying to be the girls hero, with good intentions as Updike stated, he has quit his job, which in a long run, will need. M. Glibert Porter, another who gives his opinion on the story A&P.