John Updike a&P

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JOHN UPDIKE A&P
JOHN UPDIKE A&P
KENDRA HAMM
KENDRA HAMM

Week 2 writing assignment, Write a 2-3 page pager on the following topic: In John Updike's "A & P," the protagonist Sammy quits his job after the store manager confronts three bikini-clad girls. What is Sammy rebelling against, standing up for, or aspiring to in his action of quitting, and how does this relate to a larger theme of the story? You may identify one or several factors motivating Sammy, but be sure to provide support from the story for each factor you identify.

Week 2 writing assignment, Write a 2-3 page pager on the following topic: In John Updike's "A & P," the protagonist Sammy quits his job after the store manager confronts three bikini-clad girls. What is Sammy rebelling against, standing up for, or aspiring to in his action of quitting, and how does this relate to a larger theme of the story? You may identify one or several factors motivating Sammy, but be sure to provide support from the story for each factor you identify.

There is a theme of conformity versus non-conformity in this story of A&P by John Updike. The two main representatives in this story are A&P being conformity, and the three girls for non-conformity. A&P is the established ideals of society in present times, and the three girls ignore every ideal by walking into the store wearing nothing but bikinis. As Sammy refers to the shoppers as “sheep” the girls are walking against the flow of traffic that they sheep are walking. Sammy is rebelling against his manager that had confronted the girls in the store in front of everyone. He told them that they’re not dressed properly and that they needed to get what they wanted or needed and pay for it and leave. He proceeded to tell the girls that there’s a policy about being dressed properly in this store and that they weren’t following that policy. The main girl “Queenie” proceeded to tell the manager, “That’s policy for you. Policy is what...
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