1307 A literary analysis of A&P Revised.docx - Jozefick 1 John Jozefick Professor Shaughnessy English 152 20 October 2017 A Literary Analysis A&P

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Jozefick 1John JozefickProfessor ShaughnessyEnglish 15220 October 2017A Literary Analysis: A&PIntroductionA & P is a short story by John Updike and it is about a young man, Sammy, who is an employee at a local grocery store in a small town located in New England. The plot of the story hinges on the nineteen year old Sammy and his experiences while at the local grocery store. He spends his time at the store as a checkout line clerk and over a period of time has built a resentment for the management and customers at the store. Also, he is intrigued as a teenager about the opposite sex. The story plot centers on one day at work when three attractive ladies enter the store clothed in bathing suits only. Sammy notices the girls who are unusual customers in the grocery store. He names the most attractive girl as ‘Queenie’ who appears as the authoritative leader of the three. He also names the others as ‘Plaid’ and the ‘Big Tall Goony Goony’ who are no match for the attractiveness and beauty of ‘Queenie’ (John Updike’S A & P: Analysis & Theme 1). The story takes a turn when the girls finished shopping and were ready to leave the store. They approach the register operated by Sammy where they are confronted about their attire by Sammy’s black and white stylish manager known as Lengel. The manager criticizes the ladies for shopping in the store in their beach clothes and states the store policy thatrequired customers to shop while their shoulders are covered. The ladies are embarrassed by the apprehension by the store manager who was the former Sunday school teacher in the local town
Jozefick 2church. Sammy finished the transaction with the ladies at the register and stated to Lengel that hehad quit the job. He did this trying to impress the ladies who get out of the store ignoring Sammywho now contemplates how his life will be after quitting the job.SymbolismThe short story is narrated on the first person narrator point of view. While this perspective makes the narrator unreliable, it gives the opportunity for plot growth. This shows us that he is willing to act and think differently than the people surrounding him. In my opinion the fact that, over the course of the story, Sammy’s opinion changes; is an illustration of his importance than his narrator reliability. Sammy in the beginning of the story is complaining and

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