The setting in the story A&P is about a small town north of Boston around 1960. Sammy is trying to make something clear why he has quit his job as a cashier in the local A & P supermarket. Sammy tells how three teenage girls that are barefoot in bathing suits, and come into the A & P store to buy something. As they move through the aisles Sammy approaches the three teenage girls and then imagines the prettiest and most confident of the three. He names her, to himself Queenie and starts to joke around with his former cashier employee about the girl’s sexiness. Sammy dislikes the butcher's frankly attitude as the girls search for what they want to buy in the store. Worse is his manager's remarks that he makes towards the three young teenage girls for their beach swim suits as Queenie pays Sammy for her stuff that she wanted to buy. Sammy then gets upset that his manager is acting inappropriate and makes the pretty girl blush, so he shows of to the pretty girl. By showing of he starts to show his refusal of the mean remarks and attitude that his boss makes, so Sammy quits his job on the spot. Though the girls leave without recognizing their hero Sammy with his actions. His manager tries to tries to talk to him from disappointing his parents, Sammy feels "that once you begin a gesture, it's fatal not to go through with it" (17). He acts rude with his manager by ending the conversation and leaves, but the girls have disappeared from the parking lot by the time he exits the store. With the actions that Sammy takes has gained him nothing and cost him everything. He is now jobless and to top it of the girl he was interested in didn’t even recognize him at all.
Updike worked for The New Yorker, he was born in Pennsylvania in 1932 . I feel like Updike teaches a lesson through his story A&P , for example in this story I feel like theme was don’t show off. In the end it can cause you something important in this case Sammy trying to... [continues]
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