The Power Of Desire In A & P By John Updike

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Within the story “A&P” by John Updike, the main character Sammy is portrayed as a shy optimistic young teenager working at a grocery store. But a sudden life changing event happens and Sammy takes charge just as anyone else would. Three pretty young girls walk into the grocery store, in only bathing suits, just as any guy would feel the urge to stare or even talk to them, he takes action by sticking up for them as they are getting thrown out of the store resulting in him quitting his job. This action we see would be the power of desire which is the theme throughout this story. In society today we tend to see lots of people especially teens afraid to stick up for what they believe in. With the power of desire, it builds up confidence, shows maturity in the coming of ages, and it even proves you can do what you believe in. If everyone had this much confidence like Sammy, our world may be a stronger place. Being confident is very essential in life and it is something many people tend to lack for many reasons. Some could be self-conscious in physical appearance or even believe they are not good enough. This strong confidence is strongly shown in the story based on the girl’s appearances. For example, “The sheep pushing their carts down the aisle – 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

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