I truly cannot imagine how three young girls could walk into a store with just their bikinis on. The main character of the story, known as Sammy, is a young boy who works at the store, and he spots some girls that he thought was very attractive. This is a very intense type story by the name of “A&P” by John Updike. Those girls were dressed very inappropriately because of many reasons, including these: It has always been a rule amongst stores to not go in dressed like that, people will judge based off of what people dress like, and they need to be setting a better example for the little kids that may be watching them.
It has been a rule for the people of the U.S to walk into any place dressed appropriately for the occasion. Nobody should be able to just walk into any public affair with their bathing suits. “In walks these three girls in nothing but bathing suits” ( Updike). Then they are just going to walk in casually as if they are not doing anything wrong. It is just wrong, and disrespectful. Even though they are being very disrespectful, they are also unaware that they are being judged off of what they are wearing. …show more content…
As they walk in Sammy is the main one judging them by the way they look. “The one that caught my eye first was the one in the plaid green two-piece, she was a chunky kid”( Updike). People are always going to judge someone that dresses inappropriately. As they are wearing inappropriate clothes, they are also not setting a good example for the kids that may see
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The short story “A&P” by John Updike starts off with the description of three girls walking in to a store. Sammy, the nineteen-year-old narrator who works at this A & P store near the beach as a cashier notices these three girls walk in wearing nothing but bathing suits. The story takes place in the 1950s so wearing just a bathing suit to a store is out of ordinary. Sammy starts to like one of the three girls and nicknames her “Queenie” because she was the leader of the three girls. Everyone in the store starts to notice the three girls including Sammy’s manager named Lengel.
“A & P” Is it scandalous for three teenagers to walk into the gocery store wearing only bathing suits? “A & P'', by Jhon Upbike: Sammy, a 19 year-old narrator, is a cashier in an A &P grocery store in a small Massachusetts town. Walking into a grocery store with only bathing suits on, it might attract most of the mens in the store with an inappropriate reaction. The character of Sammy has a strong realization that can impact his life which the author, Jhon Upbike, used to teach a lesson through exploring consequences and distractions. Sammy didn’t think carefully before making any decisions about his job.
After I read this article, 16-Year-Old Reveals America 's Real Dress-Code Problem, I do agree and disagree in some points. First, I disagree with the high school principle’s phrase that is “Modest is hottest.” I think he has a problem with the word choices. Why did he use the word “hottest”? For me, I think he tried to prevent his students from the “gangs,” but he should have to change his word to another.
It's trying to imply that because the girls are wearing swimsuits in a grocery store, he is definitely sexualizing their bodies. This remark is significant because it perfectly expresses how Sammy, the narrator, sexualized the girls and how, as a result, he became distracted, which had a negative impact on him. It's essential since he eventually reveals to be impulsive and that his issues weren't limited to distraction; as a result, he quits his job and wants to be seen as a sort of hero for the girls. His tendency to act impulsively and without considering the effects is another reason why the narrator was negatively impacted. The second piece of evidence demonstrates just how impulsive he was being due to the girls: "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
When I was writing my response, I thought of the word gender but nonconformity never came to mind when I read the story. Non-conformity is a good way to explain why people are distracted by the girls since it doesn’t follow the norm of the community. Do you think Sammy might be a little embarrassed for the girls since he explains in paragraph ten, “… the women generally put on a shirt or shorts or something…”? Another good point you brought up is stereotypical view.
The parents and friends in fancy clothes and “bow ties” eating off a “big glass plate” and drinking from glasses “with olives and sprig mint in them (Updike 433).” He considered that they probably did not know any better and were taught very little of the importance of self-respect. The lack of authority or possibly quite the opposite, extreme parental supervision in these girls’ life, was clearly evident in their mannerisms and behavior causing them to rebel by wearing the bikinis in a grocery store. His inner thoughts regarding the situation truly continue to display his
If someone walked into a market wearing weird or unusual clothing, would people give them weird looks? “A & P” by John Updike is a short story which features the protagonist, Sammy, a 19 year old male. While at his job, a cashier in a supermarket, he sees three girls wearing bikinis walk in. The story continues and shows how his obsession with the “leader” of the group, while also showing how his feelings change over time. Sammy’s original feelings of being shy changing to a more hero-like feel near the end of the story show how his change throughout the story.
The story “A & P” by John Updike recounts the events leading up to narrator Sammy quitting his job at the supermarket where he is a clerk. The events that catalyze his resignation is the appearance of three scantily clad women in bathing suits in the store succeeded by Sammy’s manager reprimanding the girls for their attire. Sammy, wanting to retaliate against his boss for the female harassment, unties his apron and announces his departure. Throughout the story the apron is Sammy’s sign of importance within the store. Not only does the position swell his ego but it also leads to his negative perspective of all the customers in the store.
The story takes place on a hot, summer day at a grocery store called the “A&P”. The protagonist is a nineteen year old male cashier by the name of Sammy. The central conflict occurs when Sammy watches three girls in bathing suits enter into the store to buy some herring snacks. Sammy gleefully watches them and gets attracted to the middle girl, “Queenie”, eventually being infatuated for her.
In John Updikes “A&P” story, I don’t feel that Sammy quits for just one reason—I also feel his actions where less of trying to impress the girls and more of his attempt to break the mold or cycle that he feels he has become apart of. When referencing the store, or the town and those who are part of the story Sammy references people as ‘sheep’ which is often used as a way to describe people who lack imagination, who follow/copy/mimic someone else. You hear that same tone as he describes the store and his town (cash-register-watchers, freeloaders, Big Tall Goony-Goony, etc) in somewhat of fantasy/imaginative manner as if the only way he can cope through the daily rituals of life, which has gotten to be mundane, is to narrate the events of his
Three girls walk into a grocery store wearing nothing but their bathing suits. “A&P” by John Updike is in a New England town where three teenage girls wearing bathing suits walk into a grocery store. Queene is the leader out of all three girls. Sammy is the 19 year old boy who works at the checkout line in the grocery store and finds Queenie attractive the minute he sees her. Stokesie is Sammy’s co worker, and notices the girls that walk in the grocery store just like Sammy.
He firmly confronts Lengel and says that he “didn’t have to embarrass them” (289). At this point, Sammy puts his thoughts into action by directly expressing his dislike for absurd rules that don’t make sense, especially ones concerning the need to judge someone based on what they wear. Some may argue that Sammy was once again being a hypocrite as he objectifies the girls from the very beginning, and even compares their body parts innappropriately to “two [of] the smoothest scoops of vanilla” (289). There is no doubt that if Sammy had expressed his thoughts to the girls, then Lengel and him would not be any different. However, Lengel acts on his beliefs while Sammy does not.
She tells him that she and her friends are decently dressed, attempting to take the power back and insinuating that he is the one being inappropriate for making a big deal out of their bathing suits. Having discussed the theme of power and desire, the next theme to analyze is nonconformity. The girls’ bathing suits, themselves, are a symbol of freedom and disregard for social rules. The bathing suits also convey the girls’ deliberate provocation, as insinuated by Lengel. Even the way the girls were walking about the store, shows that they were against the natural flow.
The short story “A & P” uses the postmodern quality of alienation of individuals. Nearing the end of the story the girls go to pay for their item but are stopped by a man saying, “Girls, this isn’t the beach” (492). And the man again says, “But this isn’t the beach” (492). The man is implying they don’t belong in the store dressed how they were. In these examples of alienation of individuals, I believe the store manager had every right to tell them they needed to wear more clothes but the way he did it was much less than necessary.
The grocery store was not that busy, informed in the story that “The stores pretty empty, it being Thursday afternoon, so there was nothing much to do except lean on the register and wait for the girls to show up again” (Updike 475). Sammy did not miss the opportunity to keep his eyes on the girls, especially since he was instantly interested in Queenie who was introduced to us as the leader among the girls. Each of the girls was different and had bathing suits on. Sammy was very descriptive about each bathing suit; he included many details. Queenie “had on a kind of dirty-pink beige maybe, I don’t know bathing suit with a little nubble all over it and, what got me, the straps were down, they were off the shoulders looped loose around the cool tops of her arms, and I guess"(Updike 473).