Every now and then a situation will arise in our life that can force us to make
a rash or hasty decision, a decision that could possibly effect the rest of your life.
In the short story "A&P" John Updike shows how three bikini clad women walking
into an A&P store, leads Sammy, the main character in the story and, also the
narrator, into quiting his job.
Sammy is a nineteen year old who works at a local A&P store because his
parents are friends of the manager named Lengel,"He's been a friend of my parents
for years." (31) He also lives in a town north of Boston,"it's not as
if we're on the cape; we're north of Boston," (10) and, it seems as though nothing
really exciting happens there, especially on Thursday afternoons,"It being Thursday
afternoon,so there was nothing much to do."(12) All the events in this story are seen
and told through Sammy's eye's in first person narration.
Sammy's use of slang to describe the three girls in this story is often funny
and, also a bit chaulvanistic, the way he describes the first girl to catch his eye
is"she was a chunky kid,with a good tan and a sweet broad soft-looking can with
those two cresants of white just under it."(1) Sammy's description of the girls along
with descriptions of his co-workers, customers, store, and, manager, is very colorful
and paints a picture so vivid, you can't help but feel as though you were sitting there
in the A&P watching the whole scene unfold.
The story begins with three girls walking into the A&P store where Sammy
works and, right away Sammy's day seems to get a bit more exciting: the girls are
dressed in bathing suits,"In walks these three girls in nothing but bathing suits,"(1)
at the time they walk in he is ringing up a customer and, gets so rattled that he
forgets if he rang up the purchase or not,"I stood there with my hand on a box of
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