Growth Of Sammy In John Updike's A&P

1063 words - 5 pages

The Growth of Sammy in A&P

 

In "A&P" Sammy changes from an immature teenager to a person who takes a stand for what he believes is wrong which is reflected in Sammy's words and actions.  This paper is composed of three paragraphs. The first paragraph deals with the immature Sammy, the second concentrates on Sammy's beginning his maturing process, and the last focuses on his decision to take a stand no matter what the consequences are. 

 

      At the beginning of A&P, Sammy notices that three girls have walked into the store with only there bathing suits on.  At first, poor Sammy cannot see the girls because ...view middle of the document...

  He says that her "clean bare plane of the top of her chest down from the shoulder bones like a dented sheet of metal tilted in the light."  Sammy is obviously very distracted and most likely he is simple staring at the girls, instead of doing his job.  Sammy watches the girls go down each aisle.  At one point, Stokesie, another male cashier, jokingly said "I fill so faint."  Sammy said "Darling, hold on to me tight."  When one of the girls goes to Sammy's check-out line to pay for their purchase, she pulls the dollar out from the middle part of her top portion of her bathing suit.  Sammy says "The jar went heavy in my hand.  Really, I thought that was so cute."  It is as if they have never seen a pretty girls or that their normal  clientele are opposite looking than the girls.  

 

      During the middle of the story, Sammy seems to grow up somewhat due to the way Lengel treats the girls.  His words and actions appear to cooperate this statement.  Sammy refers to this part of the story as sad.  The first thing Lengel says to the girls is "Girls, this isn't the beach."  This causes the girl that sammy refers to a Queenie to blush.    Sammy says that Lengel gave the girls a "sad Sunday-school-superintendent stare."  Queenie says that all they came in for was a jar of Fancy Herring Snack.  Lengel says that it does not matter and that it was store policy to dress decently in the store.  Lengel continued on chastising the girls even when customers started to gather  Sammy did not like Lengel doing this because it embarrassed the girls.  Lengel finally asked Sammy had he wrung up the purchase.  Sammy said no and he rung it up. ...

Other Papers Like Growth Of Sammy In John Updike's A&P

Conflict and Change in John Updike’s “a&P

1013 words - 5 pages All of the events in John Updike’s short story “A&P” take place in a small town grocery store north of Boston, where Sammy, the main character, works as cashier. Sammy is nineteen, a late adolescent boy on the verge of adulthood. His fellow cashier, Stokesie, is twenty-two, married, with two young children. The store is managed by a much older man named Lengel, a friend of Sammy’s parents. The other characters include a customer at Sammy’s

A&P by John Updike Essay

1149 words - 5 pages Xavian Arnold Dr. Patterson English 112 28 March 2012 A & P: An Analysis of the Character “Sammy” As people age, maturity and wisdom is gained through every experience. From the time a child turns eighteen and becomes an adult, they are required to deal with the realities of the real world and learn how to handle its responsibilities. In John Updike’s short story “A&P” the protagonist Sammy is a young man in 1961 New England who

From Sammy To Sam: The Maturation Of A Character

1258 words - 6 pages the public viewed the A&P as a stale, struggling corporation.3 Updike's story is set in a 1961 A&P in Massachusetts just five minutes away from the beach. This short story outlines the maturation of the main character Sammy as he works at his local grocery store. While working on a normal summer day at his cash register, in walk three young girls in their bathing suits and flip flops searching for some herring snacks. While the girls walk around

Cat In The Rain Vs A&p

528 words - 3 pages In "Cat in the Rain", by Ernest Hemingway and "A&P", by John Updike, both have a character with in it that has sexual tension. In "Cat in the Rain", the husband wants his wife to have hair short like a man. In "A&P" the boy does what he thinks is right to get the girls that walked into the store. Both characters are stuck in a sexual dilemma. The boy in "A&P" does not know what to do.As Sammy

"Winter" By John Marsden. Discuss The Theme Of Personal Growth In The Story. How Does This Affect Winter?

1060 words - 5 pages personal growth the main theme in this book. The events started by Winter coming home, end happily, as does the her own path of personal growth and development. Through being able to make new relationships, trust others and move on, Winter grows from a rather sad and grieving being to a person ready to move on and live a new life in Warriewood. Bibliography: Marsden John, 'Winter', Publisher- Scholastic Published Date- 2002

The Analysis of P&G International Marketing Strategy in Sweden

3173 words - 13 pages &G has been consistently and widely recognized as the leading global company. * P&G is also good in cultural adaptability. Understanding that the Swedes care about product safety and healthcare, P&G has prepared and provided Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to customer to learn more information about their product before purchase. * In Sweden, Procter & Gamble is well positioned to take advantage of growth. They make a strong

Growth of Telecom Sector in India

1584 words - 7 pages Cards- It is popularly known as plastic money. These pocket sized integrated circuit embedded cards have eliminated the need for paper money. 5 | P a g e Internet Banking - It has eliminated the need to visit bank branch to a great extent. Just sit in the comfort of your house and customers can perform any banking transaction MICR and automated cheque clearing - Magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) allows computers to read the

Importance of Entrepreneurship in Economic Growth

3234 words - 13 pages topic selected for today’s discussion. “The role of the Management Accountants in the economic growth” But before I try and delve on the subject and start boring you Let me take another detour by giving you a story of spectacular economic development. For this story I refer to an article by Daniel J. Isenberg, that appeared in the prestigious journal of Harvard University, The Harvard Business Review.[ii] The story goes like this that a

Factors Influencing Growth of Microfinance in Ghana

2795 words - 12 pages Madina that are into business with the select Microfinances and how the population impacts on the activities of the Microfinances. A regression analysis would also be used to show the extent of growth in Microfinances in the Accra Metropolis. 2.0 LIMITATIONS OF THE RESEARCH The originally selected microfinances were not ready to corporate on the due date and hence some changes had to be made. Hence some replacements had to be done that extended

Brief Character Study Of John Singer In Carson McCullers' 'The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter'

1260 words - 6 pages We are introduced to 'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter' with the characters Spiros Antonapoulos and John Singer. They are the only two deaf-mutes in the town and therefore stick together, living together and spending all their time, except when they're at work, together. John Singer is described as "...tall. His eyes had a quick, intelligent expression. He was always immaculate and soberly dressed." This gives us the impression of a man who is

Role of Bank in Growth of Indian Economy

563 words - 3 pages CREDIT AND BANKING NEEDS PEOPLE LIVING IN RURAL AREAS,PARTICULARLY THE FARMERS.REGIONAL RURAL BANKS(RRBS)HAVE BEEN SPONSORED BY MANY COMMERCIAL BANKS IN SEVERAL STATES. THE RAPID URBANISATION ,THE URBAN POOR NEEDS SEPARATE FOCUS.SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS WILL BE REQUIRED IN HOUSING,WATER AND SANITATION,LIGHTNING AND POWER,EDUCATION AND HEALTHFACILITIES ETC.WITH APPROPRIATE REGULATORY AND POLICY FRAMEWORKS,BANK CAN PLAY A VERY IMPORTANT ROLE IN ACHIEVING ALL ROUND INCLUSIVE GROWTH .THE ROLE OF BANKS HAVE BEEN IMPORTANT,BUT IT IS GOING TO BE EVEN MORE IMPORTANT IN THE FUTURE.

Related Essays

John Updike's A&P Essay

901 words - 4 pages John Updike's A&P Many of the events that take place in John Updike's "A&P" would not have happened had the town lived under a Marxist society. Marxism is a socio-economic ideal where all people work for the good of the community and is characterized by not having any social class distinctions. The division of Classes in "A&P" is very apparent, especially between Sammy, the protagonist and first person narrator, and the three girls, one

The Point Of View Of John Updike's "A & P"

875 words - 4 pages "A & P" author John Updike did a wonderful job portraying the point of view in this short story. Webster's dictionary defines point of view as a position from which something is considered or evaluated. In this short story, first person point of view is used by the narrator. A nineteen year old boy who works at a grocery story called A & P is the protagonist. At such a young age, Sammy has a teenage, wondering mind which he uses to get

A Comparison Paper Of James Joyce's Araby And John Updike's A&P

736 words - 3 pages The brief but complex stories of "Araby" by James Joyce and, "A&P by John Updike focuses on character traits rather than on plot to reveal the ironies that inherent self deception. The theme for both Sammy from "A&P" and the narrator from "Araby" is the transition from childhood to adulthood, a process that everyone experiences in one's own way and time. The transformation that both characters make from children to adults includes

Analysis Of A&P, By John Updike

1036 words - 5 pages I quit! These words can be attached to so many things in life. At times in life things seem to be different then they really are, for instance the thrill and the excitement of having a summer job or even successfully getting a first job. There are certain moments in a person’s life that will always have an impact on them one could call this a definitive moment or an epiphany. In the short story A&P by John Updike the main character Sammy has