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 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).
And the reaction it gets from the store manager and his disapproval of the girls’ attire. Adding Sammy’s description of the other day to day customers as “sheep” and otherwise dull. Updike’s “A&P” shows a way to fight conformist in this tale of a young man going against the system. For Example, in the story Sammy,
Also, at one point at the Center, Janine completely loses it. She speaks as though she is her old self, a waiter. Therefore, Moira has to slap her into consciousness. “Moira slapped her across the face, twice, back and forth. Get back here, she said.
This in turn jokes on the entire foundation of the character and nature of women. In the end of The Importance of Being Earnest, both Gwendolyn and Cecily claim to be furious with their men and that they won’t be speaking to them. Then, they proceed to speak to them any ways. After Algernon and Jack present their case, which is clearly fake, the girls immediately take them back and forget their anger and how they had been mistreated. They demolished everything they claimed they stood for just because they received an insincere apology.
• Stokesie: (Flat and Static) , he is a sympathetic character, which we can tell because Sammy likes him. • Lengel: Is the manager of the A&P store, and also a Sunday teacher. He embarrasses the girls and threatens Sammy with a horrible future. (Flat)
"I slid right down her voice into her living room. Her father and the other men were standing around in ice-cream coats and bow ties and the women were in sandals picking up herring snacks on toothpicks off a big plate and they were all holding drinks the color of water with olives and sprigs of mint in them" (Updike 19). The manager's opinion conflicts with the girls' lifestyle and he says, "Girls, this isn't the beach... That's all right... But this isn't the beach...
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. In the end, Araby’s narrator and A&P’s Sammy were both able to be harshly judged by readers for their misogynic thoughts about women and their presumptions about the girls they
Not only did the assholes ignore her uncomfortable position, they had the gall to make fun of her. Also the fact that she was the only female in the vehicle made her feel claustrophobic. She tried getting up again, not caring if she was hurting Rocking, yet she couldn't. She was aware of the exposure of her midriff and also that her skirt had ridden up, revealing her legs. If the men leering at her had made her feel vulnerable, the way they were looking at her now made her almost cry.
“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.
When it is shared among two individuals, everything can seem right in the world. But love is a powerful entity as well. Its drug like effect can create envy and jealousy, irrational behavior, and it can make life miserable when it isn’t reciprocated. Esch’s growth throughout the book - from her first love, to being rejected, and to realizing that love surrounds her by way of family – shows that first love isn’t everything. Love can come from more than just a major crush on a boy.