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

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"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 himself into more trouble than he can handle. The story is written in first person point of view because of Sammy's non-appropriate descriptions, his overreactions as the story concludes, and the large array of Sammy's foolish colloquial language.The ...view middle of the document...

The boy watches the girls move along the store and one by one he gives them sexist names according to their imperfections. He assigned the name chunky to the one that was overweight as if he had known her his whole life. The leader of the pack, Queenie, seemed to be the one who made all the first moves. His opinion of these girls was at first glance, and by nature he thought he was better than they were. Sammy's colleague, Stokesie, was a twenty-two year old married man working to put a roof over his family and food on the table. The regular customers where given the name house slaves and started lining up in Stokesie's line because of his more responsible appearance.Sammy tends to make a point for himself as he decides to be a hero as the story concludes. First person point of view Queenie struts her way to the register only to be followed at separate intervals by her lovely beach bums. At the same time, Lengel, the manager, makes his way to Sammy's slot and observes the slightly dressed females. Of course, he stands by the store policy and tries to refuses service to the girls due to the lack of clothing. Sammy and Stokesie watch and...

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