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In conclusion, Sammy is an immature character who in the end loses everything because of this. The bathing suit girls that had the fancy herring snacks created false pictures of what his life would be hanging out with Queenie and not an A&P employee. At the end, he figures out that life is going to be hard hereafter. John Updike uses symbolism to make boring but at the same time an intriguing story about a young man who decides to follow his desires but in the endhe ends up losing everything. This character was only nineteen years old, however, this lesson can apply to anyone of any age.
Desai 5Works CitedBooth, Alison, and Kelly J. Mays. "A&P John Updike."The Norton Introduction to Literature. Portable Tenth ed. New York, London: W. W.Norton, n.d. 409-14. Print.Emmett, Paul J. "A Slip That Shows Updike's 'A & P,'"Notes on Contemporary Literature15, no. 2 (March 1985): pp. 9 –10. Quoted as "Updike's Subtlety in the Story" in Harold Bloom, ed.John Updike, Bloom's Major Short Story Writers. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishing, 2000. (Updated 2007.)Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 14 Oct. 2015 <?