Adolescent’s at its Best
This story could make one wonder, how far would you go to get the person of your dreams. Three young ladies walk into the A&P store wearing nothing but bathing suits. The girls catch the attention of Sammy who is the cashier. Sammy watches the girls walk around the store while making mental notes about each one of the girls. When Mr. Lengel the store manager sees the girls, he lets them know that the store policy is to have your shoulders covered and to dress appropriately when you enter the store. This conversation upsets Sammy, so in the moment Sammy spontaneously quits his job in hopes of being the girl’s hero. After Sammy takes off his apron and walks out the door he looks around, but the girls have already gone. Within John Updike’s short story “A&P” the author uses foreshadowing, a dynamic character, and symbolism to show us how life can be unpredictable at times.
Updike used foreshadowing in this piece by letting the audience know that something is going to happen, without letting us know exactly what it is. I believe that the best example of foreshadowing is when Sammy thinks to himself, “The sheep pushing their carts down the isle---the girls were walking against the usual traffic (not that we have one-way signs or anything) ---were pretty hilarious. You could see them, when Queenie’s white shoulders dawned on them, kind of jerk, or hop, or hiccup, but their eyes snapped back into their own baskets and on they pushed” (Updike 143). By this