Was It Worth It?

Topics: "I Quit" match, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac Pages: 3 (826 words) Published: June 21, 2013
Running head: Was It Worth It?

Was It Worth It?
Marisa Wallace
Allied Health Institute

According to Albert Camus (as cited by Khalid, 2013), "The rebel can never find peace. He knows what is good and, despite himself, does evil. The value which supports him is never given to him once and for all -- he must fight to uphold it, unceasingly (Khalid, 2013)." We all come to that cross in the road where we are faced with choosing between doing right and doing wrong. When we chose to do wrong, we have to be willing to accept the consequences. Robert Updike was a jack of all trades when it came to the literary world. He was praised for his works in fiction, essays, and poetry. Updike won two Pulitzer Prizes along with hundreds of other awards. Robert Updike's "A&P" was one the most humorous and shortest stories ever written. "A&P" described a time when a young man decided to join a rebellion in his quest for finding independence. What the young man didn't realize was that his action had some huge consequences that came along with it and that he was going to be faced with them alone. Updike's "A&P" clearly showed that when we jump into a fire; most times we get burned.

The story is told by the protagonist whose name is Sammy. Sammy was a 19 year old boy that worked in a local A&P store. One day Sammy encountered a group of girls dressed in skimpy bathing suits. These girls symbolized everything that Sammy wanted in his life. These girls gave Sammy the courage to stand up to his boss and quit his job. When it came to Sammy quitting his job, several things motivated him to do so. First, we know Sammy's desire to prove to the girls that he was not like everyone else motivated him because Sammy states, "so I say "I quit" to Lengel quick enough for them to hear, hoping they'll stop and watch me, their unsuspected hero (p. 359)." Second, Sammy tells us "All of a sudden I slid right down her voice into her living room (p. 358)." Sammy's desire to...

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Shmoop Editorial Team. (November 11, 2008). A&P. Retrieved June 15, 2013, from http://www.shmoop.com/ap-updike/
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