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
A lot happens in John Updike 's short story "A & P", at first the reader speculates what the short story is about and why it is called "A & P". The narrator Sammy tells and describes all the things he sees and experience while working at "A & P". The text 's artistic value comes from its plot, characters, theme, and style. In the plot of the story the protagonist, Sammy starts by describing three girls who have walked into the A & P grocery store where he works. The three girls are wearing nothing but bathing suits.
Primarily, "A & P" is a story about growing up, related circumstances and important transition from childhood to adulthood. At the beginning of the story, the reader meets Sammy, an ordinary nineteen-year-old who works at a grocery store. Though, his inner changes start when he observes the reactions to the girls. Actually, he is amused by these reactions and frustrated at the same time. He feels that he does not want to work at a grocery till the end of his days.
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.
Even though, he knows that she wants him to match himself for her, he doesn’t argue with her and do as she tells him to. However, deep inside his heart, he has an intention to gain authority, and his intention of gaining authority shows from his daydreams. Usually from his daydreams he is set as some kind of important person who holds a high position. Sammy from “A&P” is a normal 19-year-old cashier. One day, three girls come into the supermarket with their swimsuits, and he falls in love with a girl who seems like a leader of the group at one sight.
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
The Epic Change to Maturity While learning the narrator Sammy in John Updike’s story ‘’ A&P’’ the immature teen seems to be a humorous young boy but not yet fully develop into adult hood in the beginning of the story. The ingrate narrator seems to first shows that he is a detailed oriented type of boy as he observes everything about these three girls. He gets his attention grabbed by experiencing the three girls whom is seen by him wearing bathing suits in which one attracts him the most then, showing his immaturity by describing figures of both the girls and a customer in a humorous way also considering his customers in the store as ‘’ sheep’’. Then, the narrator seems to grow into maturity by seeing the way the three girls were being approached or perhaps treated by Lengel and by them being embarrassed in such away, he lastly decides to take it upon his self to impress these girls by ‘’ quitting’’. To Begin with, Sense the moment the girls have arrived in the store, Sammy has been objectifying their body and judging them in a sense of humor.
“ ‘... Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?’ … ‘Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little.’ … ‘ No-no- I reckon it wouldn’t hardly do,’ … ‘Oh, shucks, I’ll be just as careful. Now lemme try. Say-I’ll give you the core of my apple.’ ‘Well, here-No, ben, now don’t. I’m afeard-’ ‘I’ll give you all of it!’ Tom gave up the brush with reluctance in his face, but alacrity in his heart.” (Twain 19) In this scene Thomas Sawyer, like many other kids his age doesn’t like to work.
• A&P: Symbolize anatomy & physiology. -Irony: The most ironic moment in the story is when Sammy quits his job. Sammy wants to make a statement that on behalf of the girls, by being their hero. The irony is that they do not hear Sammy, they are out of the store before his resignation is
For example, the boy in Araby barely knew the girl he claimed to be in love with as he specifically states “I had never spoken to her, but a few casual words…” and “I did not know whether I would ever speak to her or not.” This reveals that the narrator did not know Mangan’s sister personally, rather he knew only her as a desirable object. In comparison, Sammy from A&P can also be critically judged for his behavior toward women in the sense that he was very presumptuous about the girls who walked into the supermarket in bikinis. Sammy desired the girls’ attention desperately and presumed that he deserved it. As a result, Sammy quit his job because he was “hoping they’ll (the girls) stop and watch me, their unsuspected hero.” Referring to himself as a hero also implies another wrongful presumption that Sammy had, in which he is subconsciously misogynic because the girls did not need to be saved and do not owe Sammy anything. Sammy could be judged by readers for his presumptions about the girls in A&P.