A&P Final Draft-Kaitlin Fowler - Fowler 1 Kaitlin Fowler Mrs Dryden English 1102 5 February 2015 A&P by John Updike I quit Those words can be

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Fowler 1Kaitlin FowlerMrs. Dryden English 11025 February 2015 “A&P” by John UpdikeI quit! Those words can be associated to so many things in life. At times things seem to be different then what they really are, for instance successfully getting a first job. John Updike's story "A&P" talks about a 19-year old boy, Sammy, who has a job at the local grocery store. Sammy works at the register at the A&P and is always observing people who walk in and out each day. On this particular day that the story takes place, Sammy is caught off guard when a group of girls walk into the store wearing only their bathing suits. He continues to overlook the girls in the store throughout their endeavor to pick up some item's that they were sent in for. Once the girls proceed to checkout they are approached by the manager of the store for being improperly dressed in public. Sammy felt that the encounter with the manager was unnecessary and discomforting to the girls and he decides it is time to quit his job. Sammy's decision to quit his job at the grocery store shows his development from an immature teenagerto a person who will take a position for what he believes in no matter the consequences. Sammy's immaturity is seen right from beginning of the story when he says, "In walks three girls in nothing but bathing suits"(Updike). At first Sammy could not watch them stroll around the store because his back was at the door, but once they were in his sight he instantaneously begins to illustrate them and notice every physical detail of each of the girls, from their skin tone to the color of the suits. He and his other friends that work in the store stare with their jaws dropped. Sammy's description of one of the girls is as follows "The one that caught my eye first was the one in the placid green two-piece. She was a chunky kid, with a good tan and a sweet broad soft-looking can with those two crescents of white just under it, where the sun seems to never hit, at the top of the backs of her legs"(Updike). Once
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