In the short story "A & P", John Updike explains how Sammy is a young man working as a cashier. One day three young ladies come into the supermarket half-dressed wearing only their swimsuits. Sammy is intrigued by these young women, along with everyone else in the supermarket. Sammy watches their every move, as the girls made their selections. Sammy tries to play the hero at the end of the story; however, he may have been his own worst enemy.
Sammy, our protagonist and narrator, is an A & P grocery store cashier. The story and the conflict begin when three girls wearing only bathing suits enter the grocery store. These girls put his attention span at stake and immediately cause problems for him. As a man, his gaze is attracted directly to them, and he watches them move
Araby and A&P are both short stories that are exceptional for character analysis, right down to similar male narrators and ladies they wish to impress. The short story “Araby” is about a young boy who travels to a fair-like market because his crush requested something, though she, herself, was unable to attend. After trouble and worry and anxiety, the narrator finally arrives at Araby to discover it is closing and empty. In “A&P,” our narrator is a teenage boy who works at a supermarket when a group of girls in bathing suits enter in order to purchase a few items. He develops a crush on the group’s lead girl and tries to impress her by standing up against their embarrassment.
As Queenie is paying for their items Lengel, the store manager walks into A&P and calls the girls out for breaking a store policy. Witnessing the girls’ embarrassment causes Sammy to decide to quit. When Sammy tells Lengel that he plans to quit Lengel says to him, “Sammy, you don’t want to do this to your Mom and Dad,’… It’s true, I don’t. But it seems to me that once you begin a gesture it’s fatal not to go through with it… ‘You’ll feel this for the rest of your life,’ Lengel says, and I know that’s true too, but remembering how he made the pretty girl blush makes me so scrunchy inside.” (6 Updike) Although Sammy needs the job, he goes through with his decision to quit because he wants to stand up for the girls and be their “hero”. Lengel, who represents a character who disapproves of the statement the girls make, opposes how Sammy feels about their bold statement.
Sammy, almost 19 years old, works as a cashier in the grocery chain A&P and possess a pair of keenly observation eyes. Induced by his young and rebellious mindset Sammy finds many faults with the world around him. He sees the world around him in a very bland light, from the women in the community being “women with six children and varicose veins” (Lawn 350) to the entire store being “like a pinball machine” (Lawn 351). But Sammy observations don’t stop at the social level, also describing the blandness of the store’s floor as a “checkboard green-and-cream rubber tile floor” (Lawn 350). However, Sammy is not alone.
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
The Cat and the Hat by Doctor Seuss and Ishmael by Daniel Quinn both have the theme that man creates there own problem. In The Cat and the Hat, an anthropomorphic cat shows up at the house of two children, Sally and her unnamed brother, one rainy day when their mother is away. Ignoring repeated objections from the children's fish, who can also talk, the Cat shows the children a few of his tricks in an attempt to entertain them. In the process he and his companions, Thing One and Thing Two, wreck the house. The children and the fish become more and more alarmed until the Cat produces a machine that he uses to clean everything up.
“A&P” is a short story by John Updike about a young man by the name of Sammy. Sammy works at a grocery store by the name of A&P on the east coast, which is smack in the middle of town and 5 miles from the beach. However, Sammy’s dull workplace gets flipped upside down when 3 girls stroll in wearing bathing suits. This changes Sammy’s life forever as he takes a rite of passage to learn about conformity, power, and girls. One of the things Sammy comes to understand during his job is how he is to be one with the corporate system symbolized by A&P.
The three girls are wearing nothing but bathing suits. Sammy is so distracted by the three girls that he cannot recall if he rang up a box of crackers or not. For instance, "I stood there with a box of HiHo crackers trying to remember if I rang it up or not" (Updike 163). After trying to remember if he rings up the item or not, a fact that his customer, "a witch about fifty," let him knows very quickly and loudly that he did ring it up. Throughout the plot of the story Sammy seems to
Every day we pass by men, women, boys, and girls of all different ages. We expect the adults to act mature like normal adults, and the kids to act like children. In the beginning of John Updike’s story “A&P”, the setting is in a store with an older woman watching to make sure that the cashier makes no mistakes with her order. However, when the cashier does mess up, the lady gets upset and warns the cashier of his mistake. After the woman leaves, the cashier goes back to looking at the girls, while other customers are now also starting to notice the girls.