A&P by John Updike

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Growing Up: Much Harder Than We Expected As people age and grow up, maturity and wisdom is gained through every experience. From the time a child becomes an adult, they are required to deal with real life situations, and learn how to handle their responsibilities. In the short story “A&P” by John Updike, Sammy the narrator, is a young immature nineteen-year-old that makes a drastic change to his life. His immaturity and wishing to do and say whatever he wants leads into consequences he must face.
The short story, A&P, takes place in a small New England town’s A&P grocery store. A&P is in the center off the town, five miles down the beach. Sammy is a grocery cashier, who finds himself fascinated by three girls in swim suits. Chunky or
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When the store manager, “Lenegel”, comes out and embarrasses the girls, “Girls this isn’t the beach” (Updike 7). The girls blush and feel embarrassed, but have a great response, “My mother asked me to pick up a jar of herring snacks” (Updike 7). Feeling guilty of their attire they continued with the purchased and head out the door. Wanting to look like a cute super hero, he quits. He hopes that he said it loud enough for the girls to hear him. However, as soon as he quits, he realize that the girls didn’t bother to turn around and care. He was living a fantasy that he hoped would come true. He leaves the store, and looks around for his “girls” like if they knew he had a thing for them. To Sammy, it seemed that quitting was something he had to do to feel proud; for not accepting Lengel attitude towards the girls. In the end Sammy realizes the consequence that his crazy impulse caused him. No job, no income, and no cute girls.
In this story, the author clearly emphasizes the different events throughout the story. He explains vivid images of unacceptable attire wore in the 1960’s. He elaborates his though about Sammy’s immaturity and his feelings towards others. His actions may be a lesson in to think twice before doing something. He may gain some maturity to realize that the things he does can lead to consequences in life, but he can look back to realize that this was one of the steps in becoming a

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