Sammy The Cashier In John Updike's A & P

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Derik Chang
ENG 112
March 8, 2017
Mrs. Ferguson
Sammy The Cashier (A&P)
In John Updike’s “A&P” the character Sammy is the narrator of the story. Sammy is a 19-year-old teenager that works as a cash register in a store called A&P and lives in a small-town country town 5 miles away from the beach. He must be in college or high school judging by his age. His manager name is Lengel and he is great friends with Sammy’s parents. Sammy usually thinks that most people who shops at A&P are sheep’s or otherwise known as followers. He thinks that because everybody is usually dresses the same. On a Thursday afternoon three girls walk into the store (A&P), and he was surprised because of what the girls were wearing, usually people don’t walk into a store with two piece bikinis on.
Sammy is the protagonist in this story and is also a very observant person, when the three girls walked into the store he goes and tell us every little detail about the girls, “She was a chunky kid, with a good tan and a sweett broad soft-looking can with those two crescents of white just under it, where the sun never seems to hit, at the top of the backs of her legs”. Even though Sammy criticizes the girls about how big there were and short and the way they walked in his mind he probably would have
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While he was ringing up a customer at the cashier he was distracted from the three ladies that walked into the store. Sammy was very heroic person at the end of the short story, he wanted to stick up for the girls before they left the store. Lengal the boss was complaining about the girls wearing there bikini in the store and Sammy felt like Lengal was being rude to the girls so he tried to get Lengal to apologize. Again being a heroic character he told Lengal that he quit hoping to grab the three girls

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