Does The Protagonist Make The Right Decision?

1259 WordsJun 19, 20156 Pages
Does the protagonist make the right decision? When it comes to the topic of growing up, majority of people will say that growing up is all about making mistakes and learning from them, but can standing up for something you believe in be considered a mistake? A & P by John Updike is short story about the protagonist growing up. The story is narrated by Sammy, who makes a decision to quit his job. Sammy, an employee at A & P, encounters three girls shopping in the store in bikinis. The manager of the store, Lengel, confronts the girls about their attire and Sammy quits his job shortly after. Sammy had been watching the three girls as he worked, and although they say the basis of Sammy’s decision to quit his job was due to the three girls in bikinis, I think the basis of his decision was much deeper than that. Although it appears that Sammy made a rash decision to quit his job because he wanted to be a hero to the three girls embarrassed by his manager, my view is that Sammy used the three girls as an excuse to quit his job because the behavior of the three girls reminded him that he no longer wanted to be a part of the social norm. Although A & P was located in a seemingly conservative town, three girls in bikinis came waltzing into the store. Sammy described each of the girls, he named one of the girls (the leader of the group) Queenie. According to Sammy, “She held her head so high her neck, coming up out of those white shoulders, looked kind of stretched, but I didn’t
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