A & P John Updike Analysis

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John Updike is known for his fictional stories showing an understanding realistic chronicle of the changing morals and manners of American society. In his story “A&P,” the narrator is nineteen-year-old Sammy. Sammy is a cashier at the “A&P Supermarket.” He tells us the story of three young girls that walk in the store wearing only their bathing suits. Sammy admires the girls from afar as soon as they walk in, but he especially has eyes for the leader of the three girls the most. The manager of the supermarket, Lengel, starts to criticize the young females. This causes them to start feeling embarrassed. To save themselves from anymore negative attention and humiliation, they try to leave the store as quickly as they can. As soon as they walk out, Sammy tells Lengel that he quits his job. Sammy walks out of the store hoping that he can catch up with the girls. When he walks out of the parking lot, he does not spot the girls nor any sign of where they may have wandered off to. The question is what is the real reason why Sammy quit his job? Not only is there a lot of evidence, but it is also clearly obvious that Sammy wants the girls to see him as a “hero.” He craves getting attention from them, and he wants them to recognize his “heroic” act. To start off, Sammy tells us,”...but she did not tip. Not this queen,” (Updike 132). The girl that Sammy refers to as the “queen” gives us a mesmerizing presentation that proves to us readers that Sammy cannot keep his distance from

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