Consequences And Symbolism In John Updike's A & P

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In “A&P”, the author John Updike utilizes symbolism, point of view, setting, and imagery to convey the message of choices and consequences in Sammy’s life. The protagonist, Sammy, makes immature decisions that he believes that’s what adults do. But what he thinks is an act of courage and chivalry doesn’t catch Queenie and her friends’ attention, but he still facing the consequences of his child-like behavior. Throughout the story the author John Updike depicts Sammy’s character as someone judgmental towards other people. Such as his co-workers, customers and even family. He’s constantly judging others, whether it be their looks or their way of being; “She’s one of those cash-register-watchers, a witch about fifty with rouge on her cheekbones and no eyebrows…”. Implying that this woman has nothing better to do with her daily life than to be there to bother him. In addition, Sammy also refers to one of his coworker’s attitude towards the girls. Sammy seems to be criticizing them; forgetting that he himself has been doing the same thing to the girls since they walked in the store. “All that was left for us to see was old McMahon patting his mouth and looking after them sizing up their joints.” He later goes on and says he’s starting to feel sorry for the girls. Not realizing he was making the same mistake as his coworker. Finally, Sammy is also very quick to judge the main girl Queenie to be of a higher social class just based on how she speaks. “Her voice kind of startled me,

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