Topics: John Updike, Short story, Fiction Pages: 1 (275 words) Published: March 4, 2013
Kellner, Bruce. "A&P: Overview." Reference Guide to Short Fiction. Detroit: St. James Press (1994): Literature Resource Center. Web. 30 Jan. 2013. Kellner states that John Updike’s “A&P” is a gloomy short story about a grocery store manager who critizsces a couple of girls for coming in with their bathing swimsuits, along with a young man who resigns in order to give a good impression to the girl he likes. . Kellner mentions how the short story reflects a more appropriate time and that those of the characters age will find it how similar it is to today’s society. Kellner explains that even though the “sexual revolution” had already happened, Sammy can relate and is sympathetic to those who fell in love at first sight, and eventually learn a lesson from it. Kellner continues to say when Sammy first hears Queenie’s voice, “so flat and dumb yet kind of tony, too”, Sammy fantasies about a party her family will throw. Kellner begins to say how Sammy believes that the adults are the enemies, and just like how Lengel tells the girls how inappropriate their bathing suits are for shopping. Kellner views that after what Sammy had quit his job to make a good impression in front of the girls, he changes and sees how the world is really tough. Kellner reference towards Sammy first intake of love is very similar to today’s society, and gives the readers a way to relate to Sammy. Some reader might think what Sammy had done was impressive in order to get the girl of his dreams, while others might of thought he was a an idiot.
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