With the dismay of a certain demographic of the population upset by the direction that the United States was heading, there was a growing amount that wanted to return to the “Family Values” era of the 1950’s. No other person depicts this “Prim and Proper” image better than the Sunday school teaching, store manager, Mr. Lengel who chastises the three girls in the story (queenie, plaid, and big tall goony-goony) for their attire while they were in the store shopping. Furthermore, Mr. Lengel doesn’t stop there and goes further to tell them that they must have their shoulders covered the next time they enter the store and that it is the company’s policy in some lack luster...
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...-Goony. Tragic? Yes! Hero? Not in the slightest!
John Updike’s story of A&P as a whole holds true to the events that are in and around the 1960’s. After all, the 1960’s were not called “Tumultuous” by accident. They tackled a lot of different types of issues from political, social, racial, and even radical movements during the decade. Although, Sammy’s decision to quit his job was not one of them. If it wasn’t for Queenie and the gang, it would have been some other excuse, because let’s face it, he hated his job and was looking for a way out. However, once the sun hit his face, so did the reality of his actions. Only then did he see himself growing up with two choices in his path, the 1950’s or the 1960’s.
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