John Updike's a&P

Topics: Swimsuit, Bikini, Short story Pages: 3 (1199 words) Published: October 3, 2011
Michael Hecht
Ms. T
ENC 1102
September 15, 2011
Assignment 6
Revolution at the A&P
We have all had to face parts in our life that we had to choose on what we had to do to better our lives or to fight for what we think is right, but we are always unsure on what will happen after the fact. The message in A&P by John Updike is that we have to realize that everything that we do has a consequence whether good or bad. In this report we will discuss the story as well as the characters, location, atmosphere, and the overall theme of it.

The story of A&P by John Updike illustrates that people with a certain view by the way they dress, talk, act, or move, does not mean that it has to be an overall view with everybody. The characters in the story all have different personalities meaning that they are all different, and sometimes when people have a different way of thinking than someone else, it can cause a conflict between the two parties. These characters in A&P compose of three different people throughout this story, those characters are Sammy, Queenie and Lengel, and though there are other characters, these are the most important. Sammy is the main character of the story as well as the narrator. From what the story says, Sammy works at the A&P as a cashier in checkout stand three, he is nineteen years old and he lives in a small town north of Boston with his parents, just five miles off the beach. He doesn’t have many details about him through the story but how the way he narrates tells a lot about Sammy. Sammy narrates by showing how he disproves of the customers of the store; he refers them as clueless by saying, “The sheep pushing their carts down the aisle-” (Updike 498). He is very relaxed during the majority of the story by him leaning on the register “there was nothing much to do except lean on the register and wait” (Updike 498) and more than familiar with both the store and the personality of people in the store. Queenie is a...
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