Reader-Response to John Updike’s “a&P” Essay examples

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Reader-Response to John Updike’s “A&P”

“Sammy, you don’t want to do this to your Mom and Dad,” he tells me. It’s true, I don’t. But it seems to me that once you begin a gesture it’s fatal not to go through with it (323). This statement made by Sammy after quitting his job, was made towards the end of John Updike’s story “A&P”. Sammy had quit his job, a job that his parents helped him to get. Sammy opened up a whole new world; a world that I don’t think Sammy was ready for. He made a quick and irrational decision, rather if it affected his life or not we would never know. One could make the assumption that yes he was affected, because he possibly brought shame to his parents. With it being a small town word gets around fast a
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Take Sammy for example, just because he quit his job that his parents helped him to get, this didn’t mean that he would have never be successful in life. Sammy lived in a small town in New England; there were not a lot of large businesses there, just a small quaint town. If I had of been in the same predicament, and had quit my job. I would have moved to a bigger town that offered a broader working experience, a broader lifestyle. That opportunity would have given me a way to make a better life for myself. With Sammy being so socially incompetent that would have given him a better opportunity to interact and become more sociable with other people. Sammy’s experience gave me a personal insight to an experience I once had while being employed at Kroger. The location of the Kroger I was working at was just about to have a grand opening. We had all gathered to the front of the store to have a store meeting to prepare for the opening. Our manager at the time was speaking to us and just telling us about how he was expecting everyone to be on his or her tasks. He wanted to make sure that no one had any questions or concerns of their jobs. A couple of questions were asked to the manager and he answered them one by one accordingly. All of a sudden he begins to express his feelings of how we would like for us to act, saying things like, “Act like you all have some type of manners”. I am listening to him and then he just says
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