Essay on Personality in John Updike's A&P

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Character can be defined as the combination of qualities or features that distinguishes one person, group, or thing from another.  Authors usually embrace a distinct choice of personality on a character to make them stand out in a story.  In "A & P" by John Updike, Sammy starts off as a young man discontent with his ordinary adult surroundings and moves to his need to change it. Throughout the story, Sammy describes and interprets the scenes around him, consequently revealing his own character, by which can be related through the use of Thomas Chou's Ennegram, to distinguish his personality type.   John Updike gives the reader an inside look into the adolescent mind of Sammy, which give the reader a…show more content…
Sammy stood up for the girls when Lengel, his manager, embarrassed the girls by disapproving of their scandally clad bathing suits publicly.    According to Chou's Ennegram, fours combine emotional intensity, sensitivity, and intuition all in one.  It also states that fours don't settle for the ordinary or shallow, and are disturbed that most people around them do.  This would describe exactly what Sammy's character is portrayed in "A & P" because he hated the fact that his life is so dreary and
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