Choices and Consequences in “a&P”

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Choices and Consequences In “A&P”, the author John Updike demonstrates the importance of choices and their consequences. It is important that someone considers everything that could occur before making a decision. Updike uses the characters of Sammy, the three girls in bathing suits, and Lengel in the story to show how important it is to carefully contemplate the consequences of their choices. All of the main characters in the story make a choice and must endure the consequences. Sammy, the cashier of the supermarket, makes the most obvious choice. After an embarrassing encounter with the three girls and his manager, he has the choice of moving on and pretending nothing had happened, or standing up for the girls and doing something …show more content…

He says, “Girls, this isn’t the beach…We want you decently dressed when you come in here…I don’t want to argue with you. After this come in here with your shoulders covered. It’s our policy” (Updike 372). Because of their choice to violate community standards, they also suffer the embarrassment of being reprimanded by the manager. The girls will probably not take any more risks like wearing their bathing suits in public. This choice will most likely cause them to blend in with society.

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