Character Analysis Of A & P By John Updike

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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. In the beginning, like previously stated the atmosphere of the story takes place inside of a grocery store called A&P in which we are seeing everything through the eyes of the young cashier. Sammy’s commencing behavior can be described as mediocre or flat. He’s going through the motions of the average teenager with the smug attitude and the false hospitality. In the text it states, “By the time I got her feathers smoothed and her goodies, into a bag--she gives me a little sort in passing, if she’d be born at the right time they would have burned her over in Salem…” (Updike 131).

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