The short story “A&P” by John Updike introduces us to a young teenager named Sammy who worked at the A&P grocery store looking to find his freedom. Throughout reading A&P, I 've noticed the main character Sammy had a very keen eye that spotted every minor detail. When Sammy saw the three teenage girls only wearing bathing suits enter the grocery store, he perceived the girls dressed as if they were going to the beach. Sammy explained to us in detail the different bathing suits that the girls were wearing and their physical appearances. The primary symbol represented in this story is the bathing suits worn by the three teenage girls.
In John Updike’s story “A&P” he places the reader within the average run of the mill grocery store viewing your daily shopping shenanigans. We are able to see every action through the eyes of the nineteen old cashier, Sammy, who is just trying to find his own identity in a town full of what he calls “sheep” (Updike 132). He strikes you as the typical teenager who feels as if he has the entire world figured out, but as you continue through the tale a different side began to reveal slowly but surely about him. Sammy’s initial actions strike the readers as judgmental yet reserved but as the reader progresses through the pages, we can witness the transition into his new bold persona. Sammy’s character proves to change from his inclusive domineer that was in the beginning into a courageous young man who looks at the world in a new vibrant perspective after breaking free of society’s norm in the end.
While he was ringing up a customer at the cashier he was distracted from the three ladies that walked into the store. Sammy was very heroic person at the end of the short story, he wanted to stick up for the girls before they left the store. Lengal the boss was complaining about the girls wearing there bikini in the store and Sammy felt like Lengal was being rude to the girls so he tried to get Lengal to apologize. Again being a heroic character he told Lengal that he quit hoping to grab the three girls
There is always a homeless man who gets in the store to protect himself from the hot weather. He does not buy anything at the store, he just stays there looking at the burgers. However, the manager sometimes gives him food because she feels sorry for the man. I believe is the sympathetic consciousness in ourselves that makes us do good deeds in our
With policies and rules that customers and even employees must follow, Sammy’s view of that world is very narrow and critical from watching customers follow these rules. Walking up the aisle along with the traffic, the world within the store has been trained to follow the rules blindly, thus leading the speaker, who is Sammy, makes an observation about the customers that were waiting to be checked out “All this while, the customers had been showing up with their carts, but you know, sheep, seeing a scene, they had all bunched up on Stokesie, who shook open a paper bag as gently as peeling a peach, not wanting to miss a word”(93). Updike uses this line to further the perspective that of which Sammy has on the store by making the direct comparison between the customers and startled sheep. By having
Lengel was on his was back in from being outside dealing with the cabbage delivery truck. On his way to his office Lengel notice the girls and thinks to himself what the heck is going on. Why are these girls in nothing but there bathing suits? He teacher Sunday school so makes him kind of a stickler for rules. Mr. Lengel approaches the girls and says, “Girls, this isn’t the beach.” Updike’s decision to choose to write in 1st person-naïve is an excellent choice to show the inner working of a show that individual in the process of becoming of age.
The main character in the short story “A & P,” written by John Updike, is a nineteen-year-old boy named Sammy. This character is beginning to learn how difficult life in the real world can be. While working at the A & P, three girls walk in wearing nothing but bathing suits. Sammy sees nothing wrong with this; in fact, he finds that he is unable to take his eyes off Queenie, the lead girl. Unfortunately, Lengal, the store manager, finds this attire inappropriate.
“In walks three girls in nothing but bathing suits. I’m in the third check-out slot, with my back to the door, so I don’t see them until they are over by the bread” (Updike 142). “A few house-slaves in pin curlers even looked around after pushing their carts past to make sure what they had seen was correct” (Updike 144). These quotes set the tone for the story and shows these three new characters are certainly out of the norm and not what this small town grocery store is used to seeing. Updike uses some descriptive language that reveals his affection for the girls.
Updike illustrate the use of external and internal conflict through its main character. In the story “A&P” by John Updike it begin with the main character the reader working at a grocery store. Sammy (the cashier) watches three girls enter with bathing suits to look through the A&P. When his manager punishes the girls for wearing nothing but bathing suits, Sammy quits in a strong and kind attempt to help them save face. The girls take no attention and leave the store.
Sammy is a nineteen-year-old cashier at a small store. Not used to seeing girls enter the store dressed that way, Sammy is shocked. Not being able to keep his eyes off the girls, Sammy notices details about their dressing. Sammy states, “She had on a kind of a dirty-pink bathing suit with a little nubble all over it and, what got me, the straps were down” (Updike, par. 3).
He always has something to say about someone, judging people like an overseer of the store. Then mid way through the story Sammy starts to let the reader know how he feels about the other regular customers in the store. When he says, “The sheep pushing their carts down the aisle -- the girls were walking against the usual traffic”, showing that Sammy character is not on board with just following the rules of society that not everyone has to go the same way. After the girls get in trouble with the store manger and then get sent out of the store you can tell that Sammy is fed up with how things are going. He is working a job that he did not even apply for his self because his father got it for him.
Sammy is a young observant guy, who seems to be very impressed by these girls who come into the A & P wearing nothing but their bathing suites. To me Sammy seems like the average 19 year old guy. Working at a supermarket, interested in girls. He seems to be intrigued by the way these girls strut through the store, heads held high with no concerns as to what anyone thought. The confidence that these girls exude seems to rub off onto Sammy, he feels as if he could go against the crowd and be different without any cares of others opinions just as they had.
“Bathing Suits” Setting helps contribute to the insight, knowledge and understanding to the meaning of many stories. In the short story “A & P” by John Updike, the setting plays a large part to the understanding of why the “three girls” in “bathing suits” are so criticized and judged. The main character Sammy, a cashier worker, sees the three girls walk in the A and P in “nothing but bathing suits” and instantly takes interest and starts checking out the girls. The reason him and others take sudden interest in the girls is because they are not dressed for the place, the social environment, or the time period they are in. Being in an A and P grocery store is usually not the place for someone to be wearing bathing suits.