a & p - Brittany Klontz English 102 Prof. Goldstein...

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Brittany Klontz English 102 Prof. Goldstein January 29, 2008 Sammy, the protagonist in John Updike’s short story “A & P” is used to portray a stepping stone in one boy’s life. Sammy is a very dynamic character who undergoes many changes through the course of the story. In the beginning of the story we learn that he is a very immature nineteen year old who works at the grocery store called A & P. He does not take work seriously and his mind tends to wander about the store and gets easily distracted. However, towards the end of this short story Sammy experiences a moment of insight in which his own view of life is significantly altered and he makes a huge step into adulthood. Sammy’s drastic change into maturity first begins when the three girls wearing nothing but bathing suits catch his eye by the bread aisle. Sammy could not help but notice them because, as we learn later, it is not every day that he sees three beautiful girls at A & P. He begins to describe the way that he see’s these three girls by describing their attire and going into depth about their physical appearances. He takes particular notice to one in
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which he describes as “the queen” of the group (15). We can see that he has a very
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course ENG 102 taught by Professor Fruciante during the Spring '08 term at Lynn.

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