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Summary Of A&P By John Updike

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In the story A&P, we know as the story begins, Sammy is employed at A&P. He is ringing a older lady, who he describes as a "witch", groceries up. While Sammy is occupied, in walks three girls, wearing bathing suits, who catch Sammy's eye. Their attire is against the stores policy, which is not enforced, until the manager approaches them. Once the manager approaches them, we later read that Sammy quits his job. Following his first announce in him quitting, he says, "You didn't have to embarrass them" (152), which let us know, he felt the girls were embarrassed. Sammy's main point for quitting his job at A&P, in his and my opinion, is to be an "unsuspected hero" (152).
In a interview with Donald M. Murray, John Updike himself, states his opinions on the story A & P. He gives his opinion on Sammy's attraction toward Queenie, and also Sammy's decision on quitting his job. As he talked on Sammy's attraction toward Queenie, he states, "There's an element of social inequality here..." (Updike). That statement alone, opened one's eyes to notice that there is a social inequality between the two, and Sammy noticed it as Queenie began to talk. Sammy thought, "Her voice kind of startled me, the way voices do when you see the people first, coming out so flat and dumb yet kind of tony..." (151), giving the reader the impression that he knew she has some class to her. Updike goes on to give his opinion about Sammy's decision in quitting, "... A moment of manly decisiveness. For the moment, at least, he's reposing the confidence that he's doing the right thing". One may agree with Updike's opinion, because as Sammy stated himself, he wanted to be an "unsuspected hero" (152). Also, he was indeed deceived by that moment of attraction. Trying to be the girls hero, with good intentions as Updike stated, he has quit his job, which in a long run, will need.
M. Glibert Porter, another who gives his opinion on the story A&P. Porters opinion is more of a disagree with Sammy's decision. He feels Sammy's decision is not about being a hero, but about a decision he will regret for life. He goes to the section in the story when Lengel warns Sammy about his decision, "You'll feel this for the rest of your life," (152), and Porter states, "Sammy know that Lengel's prediction is true" (1157). Porter then goes disagreeing with Sammy's decision to a "it's ok he...

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