A & P By John Updike

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People have to make choices every day, even without realizing it. No matter their background, this is something everybody has in common. Furthermore, how we face these decisions will have an impact in our lives, and sometimes the ones that seem to be small are the most important ones. John Updike understood how making decision affects people’s life, and he develops it in his short story “A & P,” which is the story of an unhappy boy who quits his job for a pretty girl. In order to develop this theme, John Updike takes Sammy, the main character of the story, through three different stages. In the beginning stage, Sammy is just a boy who is not happy with his job, by the second stage, is shown as an idealistic who quits his job as a gesture of support to someone in need, although there is a hidden reason why he does so, and by the final stage he realizes that quitting his job was not a good idea, and regrets it. In the first stage, Sammy is presented as an arrogant cashier clerk, who is taking care of a lady who is in her fifties, while three girls in bathing suits enter to the A & P store where he works. In the first place, Sammy, Updike’s character is shaken off by the girls’ presence, what makes him make a mistake with the lady’s groceries. As a result, the lady complains, so Sammy refers to the lady as “a witch of about fifty with rouge on her cheekbones and no eyebrows” (Updike 90), and also says that “if she’d been born at the right time they would have burned her over

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