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Lengel then tells the queenie and her friends girls i

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Lengel then tells the Queenie and her friends, “Girls, I don't want to argue with you. After this come in here with your shoulders covered. It's our policy." He turns his back. (17) (Updike,1961). Here, Lengel, is his letting the girls know that he is more capable than them to decide what is appropriate to wear. He also uses the plural "our" to advocate that he embodies the perspective of the rest of the store and even the community. Lengel also seems to think that it's right to publicly embarrass those who disrupt or challenge his principles. The short story, "A&P" ends sadly in the parking lot with Sammy looking into the A&P grocery store at Lengel. Sammy had just quit his job, he took off his apron, "shrugging it off" his shoulders. (Updike,1961). Lengel to Sammy, "Sammy, you don't want to do this to your Mom and Dad," he tells me. It's true, I don't. But it seems to me that once you begin a gesture it's fatal not to go through with it. I fold the apron, "Sammy" stitched in red on the pocket, and put it on the counter, and drop the bow tie on top of it. The bow tie is theirs if you've ever wondered. (Updike,1961). Sammy embraces his own ethical code and declares his uniqueness, independent and individualism by quitting. By quitting his job at A&P grocery store, Sammy is showing the readers that his character admires people who aren't afraid to break with custom or conformity. But as Sammy stood in the parking lot and watch Lengel in the store he also realizes that actions as consequences. Sammy is now unsure of what his own future will hold for him and what’s going to happen next. “His face was dark gray and his back stiff, as if he'd just had an injection of iron, and my stomach kind of fell as I felt how hard the world was going to be to me hereafter.” (31) (Updike,1961).
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  • Spring '16
  • Theresa
  • Literature, A&P, Short story, John Updike, John Cheever, Lengel. Sammy

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