The leader of the group “Queenie” remarked that they were in fact not shopping but had only stopped by to pick up one item. Then she protested to the man that they were decently dressed when he suggested otherwise. Lengal the manager then realized he was in a losing battle seeing that the girls felt that their indecency was
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). Queenie has noticed Sammy looking at her and didn’t pay him any mind mostly because Queenie knew she was being looked upon by the way she dressed. Especially when the manager Lengel caught eyes with the girls. Unlike Sammy who did not mind the way the girls were dressed Lengel was not pleased with the way the girls dressed in his store, “We want you decently dressed when you come in here” (Updike 476). Queenie stood up for her friends and herself by letting the manager know that they were indeed decent and there was no need for them to be
Barnett at the Mercantile because he made them wait. Whenever Cassie went to Strawberry she went into the Mercantile so T.J. could show her the pistol he wanted. They got in there and waited, waited some more, and waited even longer. Person after Person Mr. Barnett let cut in front of them. Cassie got fed up with it and said ¨I think you forgot, but you was waiting on us ´fore you was waiting on this girl here, and we been waiting a good while now for you to get back.¨ Just think, you were in a store looking at guns and the person working kept skipping this little girl next to you.
Sammy empathizes with the girls by putting their lives in consideration. "I slid right down her voice into her living room. Her father and the other men were standing around in ice-cream coats and bow ties and the women were in sandals picking up herring snacks on toothpicks off a big plate and they were all holding drinks the color of water with olives and sprigs of mint in them" (Updike 19). The manager's opinion conflicts with the girls' lifestyle and he says, "Girls, this isn't the beach...That's all right...But this isn't the beach...Girls, I don't want to argue with you. After this come in here with your shoulders covered.
In “A&P”, John Updike wrote a short story about a male clerk at A&P grocery, named Sammy, who worked at a hot summer day shift when three young women in his age entered the store only in swimsuits to purchase some snacks. Even though shirts and shoes are required, Sammy did not report on the girls to the manager, but instead he allowed them to continue shopping as he looked and imagined the girls based on their appearance. As Sammy watched, Lengel, the store manager, felt that the three girls did not had shirts and shoes on, reprimanded them the rules, which the manager thought Sammy reported on them. Sammy did sign out after the girls left, which he not just realized the three girls’ affection, also was disappointed on this
In “A&P” the narrator is Sammy, a nineteen-year-old clerk at the “A&P” grocery store. Sammy narrates his experience with three young women, when they walked into the store wearing only the bathing suits. Sammy, despite his boss’s order to scold the girls for entering the store dressed inappropriately, he decides to disobey him and eventually quits his job. The story seems to be about the prejudice around the human’s body and its exposure. Sammy is in the middle of this revolution.
When Sammy sees the 3 girls come inside the store in their bathing suits it doesn’t take him long to soak every part of them in. He in great detail describes the way the girls look and how they must act in their normal lives based on said looks. ‘Queenie’ he assumes to be very dumb because of her good looks and the mediocre girl he expects to be popular because she is pretty to other girls but not a threat to them because she isn’t too pretty. The way he views and talks about the girls is quite sexist and sexually charged as would be expected of a young teenage
In the story “A&P” a teenage-boy, Sammy, instantly starts watching 3 girl’s movements throughout the store he works in. He is absorbed in their movements so much, “[He] stood there with [his] hand on a box of HiHo crackers trying to remember if [he] rang it up or not” (1). Sammy has a simple job, yet he is so intrigued by the girls, which are doing nothing particularly interesting, that he cannot finish the task at hand. This proves the point that young boys view women as their viewing pleasure, at their own time. This is further illustrated when Sammy states “What got me, the straps were down” (2).
Sammy is troubled by the manner in which Lengle spoke to those girls. Rather than cowering and returning to his job, Sammy held his ground, remarking that Lengle’s statements were uncalled for. Due to his outrage towards Lengel’s wrongdoings, Sammy quits his job. In reaction to Sammy quitting, Lengel remarks that his resignation will have negative effects to Sammy’s parents and his future, since their friendship with Lengel got Sammy the job. Sammy recounts Lengel’s coercion to keep
For the reason, that in the 1950’s it was not common to see people walk around in their bathing suits. The girls in bathing suits also caused Sammy to get distracted and start thinking in s sexual manner. -Climax: The climax in the story is when Sammy quits his job. Sammy quitted his job because he did not like how Lengel was treating the girls in the bathing suits -Resolution: The resolution takes place at the end of the story, when Sammy watches his ex boss through the windows doing his old job. Sammy began to feel that by quitting his job, will make things more complicated for him in the future.