A&P By John Updike Response Essay

A&P By John Updike Response Essay-56
With it being a small town word gets around fast a there is a chance that Sammy wouldn’t be able to find a job any other place because of how he had quit he job prior.

With it being a small town word gets around fast a there is a chance that Sammy wouldn’t be able to find a job any other place because of how he had quit he job prior.Sammy labeled the people whom were in the store as “sheep pushing their carts down the aisle” (321), as in how people were expected to act in society, being constrained, unable to be yourself.

Three barefoot girls in bathing suits walk into an A & P grocery store, shocking the customers but drawing the admiration of the two young men working the cash registers.

Eventually, the manager notices the girls and tells them that they should be decently dressed when they enter the store and that in the future, they will have to follow the store's policy and cover their shoulders.

As the girls are leaving, one of the cashiers, Sammy, tells the manager he quits.

He does this partly to impress the girls and partly because he feels the manager took things too far and didn't have to embarrass the young women.

Sammy was different; he was an adolescent male who was just trying to find his way through life.

A life where he wasn’t familiar with, he was socially inept and lacked a good education as you can tell from the language he used. John Updike’s story teaches us that we don’t always have to have good reasons for the choices we make.

For example, he comments that if one particular customer had been "born at the right time they would have burned her over in Salem." And it's an endearing detail when he describes folding his apron and dropping the bow tie on it, and then adds, "The bow tie is theirs if you've ever wondered." Some readers will find Sammy's sexist comments to be absolutely grating.

The girls have entered the store, and the narrator assumes they are seeking attention for their physical appearance. It's almost a caricature of objectification when he says, "You never know for sure how girls' minds work (do you really think it's a mind in there or just a little buzz like a bee in a glass jar?

He made a quick and irrational decision, rather if it affected his life or not we would never know.

One could make the assumption that yes he was affected, because he possibly brought shame to his parents.

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