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Sanford 1 Eliot B. Sanford Emily Stinson EN 1113 4 Apr. 2008 The Chivalry of a Coming-of-Age Hero and a Satirical Hero The makings of the boy hero are etched into the hearts and minds of any man, and, indeed, anyone can relate with characters that evoke hope and soak up glory, at least the idea of each. At an early age, people dream about the achievement and recognition of becoming a hero in the most glorious form, such as the chivalry of medieval knights. Two such heroic adventures are John Updike’s “A & P” and Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron.” In these stories, two separately unique young “heroes” emerge with the hopes for glory. The hero of “A & P” is Sammy, the anxious check-out clerk storyteller, and the other hero is Harrison Bergeron, the intellectually and physically advantaged boy for whom the story bears its namesake. The two characters attempt heroism and generate interestingly different outcomes based on their unique situations. Their heroic chivalry is displayed, figuratively, by saving the damsel, challenging authoritarian monsters, and falling in battle. Sammy observes the damsels in “distress,” and he seeks glory by attempting heroism and chivalry. Sammy is fascinated by the three girls in “nothing but bathing suits” (Updike 117). He is observing them very closely, while the girls waltz around the store. Identifying his damsels and their attractive features comes naturally for Sammy as he gawks at the girls. He notices the “chunky girl” in the plaid two-piece first, presumably, because she’s wearing the least clothes and she has a “broad soft-looking can” (Updike 117). The second damsel is tall, but is certainly the least attractive, since Sammy describes her as the girl that is “‘striking’ and ‘attractive’ but
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Sanford 2 never quite makes it” (Updike122). The third mistress is the leader of the pack and appropriately dubbed, “Queenie” (Updike 119). Sammy describes the situation by stating, “You know, it’s one thing to have a girl in a bathing suit down on the beach, […] and another thing in the cool of the
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This essay was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course EN 1113 taught by Professor Stinson during the Spring '08 term at Mississippi State.

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