He responds to conversations by communicating understanding through some words, gestures, and jargon. Reagan often uses jargon, “unintelligible speech; in young children, usually [including] sounds and inflections” (Martoz pg. 26), and nonsense phrases to respond although he understands many words and directions that he cannot express himself. He uses the correct gesture of a wave when saying hi and bye. Reagan also uses sign language in the form of “please”, “more”, and “all done”.
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
The grocery store was not that busy, informed in the story that “The stores pretty empty, it being Thursday afternoon, so there was nothing much to do except lean on the register and wait for the girls to show up again” (Updike 475). Sammy did not miss the opportunity to keep his eyes on the girls, especially since he was instantly interested in Queenie who was introduced to us as the leader among the girls. Each of the girls was different and had bathing suits on. Sammy was very descriptive about each bathing suit; he included many details. 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).
Not only was the song childish and basic, but also the unsophisticated vocabulary was visible in the telegraphic sentences. For example, “O, Stephen will apologize” presents a childish tone because it seems like as if a child is getting scolded (2). Moreover, the stream of consciousness is evident as the child reacts to each event that were happening
Jem proves this when he deals with situations differently, by standing up for what he believed to be right, or when he confronts a bitter truth in a painful manner. His word choice and manner of speaking demonstrate his superiority and his desire to act more refined. These factors are demonstrated as he changes his nature and personality. Jem’s change from being a naive child to a knowledgeable adolescent is similar to Laura Ingalls initially being a carefree youngster and later turning into a sensible, indefatigable youth. The gradual maturity of both characters influenced their respective books deeply.
Arnold Friend, as friendly as he seems in the beginning, has the ability to persuade people into an estranged thought process. He is manipulative in his facts of conversation with Connie, who shows to eventually be easily coerced. Is it Connie’s immature weakness as a teenager or Arnold’s undoubted tactics that make her final decision to join him? In the beginning Connie is impressed with Arnold Friend. He was older and more mature.
In the article, The teenage brain, it states, “Adolescents are particularly sensitive and responsive to influence by friends, desires and emotions, researchers say.” Also the article states, “ A major reason why teenagers often respond to those influences with irrational decisions is the presence of the brain chemical known as dopamine.” The quotes mean that it is easy to respond to decisions without second guessing yourself, especially in teenage years. It connects to the reason because when you are under peer pressure as a teenager you are very responsive to anything, like hasty decisions. Just like when Jack broke Piggy’s specs. Jack probably did not think twice and was responsive to the first thing he knew would hurt Piggy. Jack most likely did not think about the long term effect it would have on Piggy.
It is human nature for a person to quickly fall victim to the powers of desire and lust. Even if the victim understands his or her actions, consequences remain inevitable. Typically a lesson is learned from one’s furtive behavior. John Updike’s short story, “A&P,” expresses the trouble of one young man named Sammy who struggles to impress attractive women and he fails to realize what potentially lies ahead. The story has a surprising ending that leaves the audience curious to the fate of the naïve Sammy.
Point of View of John Updike’s “A&P” In the short story A&P written by John Updike is written in the 1st person naïve point of view. A&P is considered 1st person naïve because the narrator is too young to be trusted. He also is telling us the story as he feels to be the truth. The main character of this story is Sammy and the author Updike chooses 1st person to Naïve because he wants to show the readers what Sammy is thinking from his point of view aka his emotions and reactions to certain situations. However, telling the story in 3rd person omniscient would give a bigger picture of what is happening not limiting them to the perspective of just Sammy but a view from all of the characters.
For instance, the fact that ‘they’ll try the lane’ isn't end-stopped and is rather an example of enjambment, gives us a sense of excitement, which contrasts with the up coming revelation therefore making it seem very bitter at a second glance. Additionally, caesura is best used in order to create short abrupt sentences as seen when the boy is ordered by what we presume to be the matured boy looking back, creating a dual narrative, ‘Don’t breathe. Don’t move’ and so on. Short sentences are used to build up tension. ‘Don’t breathe.