Sammy becomes embarrassed and feels himself a fool

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check on them, but they are long gone and nowhere to be seen. Sammy becomes embarrassed and feels himself a fool blinded by girls to quitting his job. Indeed, he had to suffer the consequences as Mr. Lengel foretold. The central idea of this short story is “Think before making proper decisions.” Based on his life circumstances, Sammy is portrayed as he is from a poor family. So, he works as a cashier at the A&P to manage his expenses. But when Sammy decided to quit his job, Mr. Lengel advised him not to do so because their parents would worry about the consequences. But without considering any of his background problems, he quit his job just for an unknown girl. This directly connects to the central idea of this story. Sammy’s inner quality is portraying a person’s life by just observing their appearance and actions. For example, when he takes a look at Queenie’s dress, he begins to construct an image of her inner life. Once he hears the girls speak, his image becomes even more detailed, as he is able to get an impression of Queenie’s social status. This shows that he has keen observational skill. Based on Queenie’s appearance, she was wearing bathing suits which were wore at beaches.
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  • Spring '11
  • Dr.Smith
  • A&P, Short story, John Updike, sea bathing, Queenie

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