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“A&P” By John Updike Essay

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In some point of our life, we have experienced that sensation where we are between what we think is correct and what we know is correct, but when we are teenagers that line is almost unrecognizable and it is when we make most of our mistakes that, at some point, cost us more than we believe. John Updike, born in the 20th century, was an American author and a winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for Fiction. He consumed popular fiction especially from mysteries and humor.
Updike was born in Reading, Pennsylvania spending his first years in Shillington. His father was a high school science teacher and his mother was an aspiring writer who encourage him to write and draw. The first three summers ...view middle of the document...

“Queenie” and the manager of the store argue for some minutes and then they left the store, after seen this Sammy in a try of a heroic act quit his job. At the end of the story Sammy realized that he had done a bad decision, “(…) my stomach kind of fell as I felt how hard the world was going to be to me hereafter.” (Updike, 299)
Sammy, the narrator, is a teenager with a keen observational sense and a big interest in “Queenie”. He can go even deeper than just the boundaries of the physical appearance of the girls. However, as a teenager he make the big mistake of quitting his job because of the girls, he really did not quit because of the policy that Lengel imposed to the girls, “Policy is what the kingpins want” (Updike, 298). He quit because of the wrong idea that if he “protects” the girls, he will receive some kind of price from them, especially from “Queenie.” However, at the end of the story we can see that he is also an intelligent boy and that he realized that he has done a wrong move and that after that moment his life would change.
The narrator of the story, Sammy, is in first person, this produce an effect on the readers making us believe that we are in the moment of the scene...

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