A&P paper (1) - Bushart 1 Crystal Bushart Mrs McDaniel English 1102 3rd 8 February 2018 \u201cA P\u201d Literary Analysis At some point in life there

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Bushart 1Crystal BushartMrs. McDanielEnglish 1102 3rd8 February 2018“A & P” Literary AnalysisAt some point in life, there comes a time where a friend, family member, or even strangertests somebody; this test can ultimately change their character. In 1961, John Updike wrote the short story “A & P” which is about a teenage boy, Sammy that notices three girls walk in with their bathing suits on. The entire time the girls are in the store, Sammy watches and observes them. When the girls are checking out, the manager comes over and embarrasses them for wearing their swimsuits. Sammy decides to step in to defend the girls and at the end of the story he quits his job. The events in the story test Sammy which a result a change in his character. In John Updike’s story “A & P”, Sammy matures when quitting his job because realizes he needs togrow up. During the beginning of the story, Sammy’s actions reveal his immaturity. Sammy beginsto describe the first girl he notices; he says, “I stood there with my hand on a box of HiHo crackers trying to remember if I rang it or not. I ring it up again and the customer starts giving me hell” (Updike 17). Sammy is overly distracted by the girls in the stores, and his action of putting all his attention on them shows the reader his immaturity. Sammy observes the girl he labels as queen, and her clique go in an aisle with cookies; he notices the customers in the store look at the girls but pass by them and continue shopping. Sammy says, “A few house-slaves in pin curlers even looked around after pushing their carts past to make sure what they had seen was correct” (Updike 18). When he says house-slaves, he is referring to the customers who are

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