His manager doesn’t think so highly of them. He tells them that they can’t go to the A&P dressed for the beach. This embarrasses the girls a lot, but Sammy sees this as an opportunity to become their “hero”. So as they’re walking out Sammy tells the manager that he quits. After the manager and Sammy argue about it Sammy walks out to the parking lot to look for “his girls” that he thought would like him because he stood up for them, but they were gone.
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).
As a matter of fact, Sammy could have easily reneged on his word. He could have taken back what he said with Lengel’s questioning, “I don’t think you know what you are saying” (Updike 4). He pleaded with Sammy to reconsider his actions for the sake of his parents. Lengel blatantly mentions, “You don’t want to do this to you mom and dad” (Updike 5). Truth be told, Sammy did not want to upset his parents, nor did he wish to ruin the friendship they had with his manager.
The girls quickly walk out of the store, leaving Sammy to return his apron and bowtie. As he exits the store, he sees that the girls are already gone, leaving him as alone as he was when he still had his job. Within seconds he realizes the consequences he has to face now. “... my stomach kind of fell as I felt how hard the world was going to be to me hereafter” (Updike, 19.) At the beginning of the story, Sammy was a 19-year old with a stable job and no girlfriend.
It’s sad that Lee Chong justifies letting Mack and the boys stay in his building only because they won’t be robbing him anymores. Readers may be charmed by Mack at the beginning of Cannery Row, but his actions aren’t necessarily meant to be praised. Another
In Updike’s “A&P” the title itself gives the setting, a small-town grocery store the narrator works in and the setting also helps set its own tone. Details like the main character and narrator Sam stating, “I forgot to say he thinks he’s going to be manager one day, maybe in 1990” (Updike, p.748) when talking about a young coworker, help add to the setting explaining the story takes place in a time when three girls in bathing suites outside a beach setting may draw scornful
In the short story A&P by John Updike, the main character Sammy who works at the cashier register in the A&P- (which is a super market), is the protagonist. There are three girls the A&P in the middle of town around the mid to late 90’s, in bathing suit. Making the dressing completely unnecessary in that sort of setting. Especially since it’s in the middle of town nowhere near the beach. Everyone-well the few that are there- are ogling at their bodies and attire.
When “three girls in nothing but bathing suits” (201), walk into A & P, it is the most exciting thing that has happened to Sammy while working at the store. In this new situation, Sammy rethinks about his life and future. Sammy is the protagonist because he is the character that changes the most throughout the story. He changes into a character that takes an active role
Sammy has quit his job to stand against Lengel. Sammy wanted to show his heroism to the girls and hope that they saw him being brave for quitting his job. Unfortunately, the three girls didn’t stick around to exchange numbers or maybe even a kiss on the cheek and the story ends on a kind of lonely note. Sammy is now outside the grocery story, looking in where he sees Lengel checking out people, since Sammy quit. Even though he left the store of his own will, he probably feels lonely to be shut out of something he used to be a part of.
“A&P” by John Updike is written through the eyes of a young grocery store clerk named Sammy. While working, a group of girls walk into the store, wearing their bathing suits, causing all the workers to drool over them, but when they come to check out the manager Lengel tells them that what they are wearing is against policy. As the girls leave, embarrassed, Sammy courageously quits his job due to this incident, hoping to impress the girls, but as he walks out of the A&P he realizes that they are gone. Post-Structuralism, also known as Deconstruction, is a school of literary criticism where the reader “focuses on the inherent, internal contradictions in language and interpretation” (deconstruction). In essence, the reader must read between