A & P By John Updike: Character Analysis

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In the short story A&P by John Updike, the main character Sammy quits his job in the end. I believe this is justifiable, by his views of Lengel/ Stokesie, by his beliefs, and by connecting his actions with my personal experiences. In the story Sammy his very particular views of Lengel and Stokesie. “Stuffy and uptight, Lengel is, to Sammy, a prisoner of the system as well as an authority figure”, his view of Lengel is that he is so far gone and the system has him. “However, Sammy also identifies with Stokesie in some ways and sees him as a cautionary example of how he himself might end up”, His negative connotation with the life of these characters are enough for him to start to put his job into consideration. (SparkNotes3). From Sammy’s views of Lengel and Stokesie; a drone and a want to be a drone. One can see Sammy’s beliefs oppose the beliefs of an ideal worker to corporate; get a job and climb the working latter to success.” The sheep pushing their carts down the aisle”, in this quote he shows his mentality towards the masses (Updike, par.2). If you are the sheep you are not aware and are getting played. Sammy believes this is what …show more content…

Sammy knew the veterans of his job and the people with ambition to climb the corporate latter and had an admonitory example of how he might end up. When I worked at outback and heard that there were workers in their mid-twenties that have been working here for 10 years. This was my admonitory example. While working at A&P Sammy saw himself as aware and the masses sheep or drones. While I worked at outback this is how I felt about the people coming in ready to spend their money and workers. On the last straw Sammy quits because the girls, and how does not want to be perceived as a Lengel or Stokesie by the girls to get them. My last straw was being asked too much of and constant rule switching between the managers, so I said “this is bullshit” and shortly walking out after

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