I have never read him before. And, for such a short, short story, I think he shows a lot of himself. Basically, the first thing I wondered when I started reading was, "I wonder if I will find this story misogynist?
Although they are dressed for the beach, Sammy allows the girls to continue shopping while he appraises them sexually. He imagines details about the girls based on their appearance alone, impressions that, to his surprise, are shaken when the leader of the trio, a gorgeous, classy-looking beauty he has dubbed "Queenie", speaks in a voice unlike that which he had created in his mind.
Lengel, the old and prudish manager, feels the girls are not clothed appropriately for a grocery store, and admonishes them, telling them they must have their shoulders covered next time, which Sammy believes embarrasses them.
Entering the story near the end, he represents the system: But he is not a one-dimensional character. He seems truly concerned even while he feels the need to enforce store policy. Queenie[ edit ] "Queenie" is the name Sammy gives to the gorgeous girl who leads her two friends through the grocery store in their bathing suits.
He has never seen her before but immediately becomes infatuated with her. He comments on her regal and tantalizing appearance. She is objectified by year-old Sammy, who notes the shapely contours of her figure and the seductiveness of the straps that have slipped off her shoulders.
He also, however, clearly admires how her inappropriate attire defies convention. His language indicates that, at age 19, he is both cynical and romantic.
He notes, for instance, that there are "about twenty-seven old freeloaders" working on a sewer main up the street, and he wonders what the "bum" in "baggy gray pants" could possibly do with "four giant cans of pineapple juice".
Yet when Queenie approaches him at the checkout, Sammy notes that "with a prim look she lifts a folded dollar bill out of the hollow at the center of her nubbled pink top.
Really, I thought that was so cute. At the end of the story, he quits his job in an effort to be a hero to the girls and as a way of rebelling against a strict society. In a sudden moment of insight—an epiphany —he realizes "how hard the world was going to be to [him] hereafter" if he refuses to follow conventional paths.
Stokesie[ edit ] Stokesie is a year-old white man who is married with two children. He is a minor character in the story but does show a sign of ritualism; Stokesie often jokes with Sammy that he will not get promoted unless there is a Soviet takeover of the United States within 20 years, but does his job faithfully each day, providing for his wife and kids.
Like Sammy, he also observes the girls in the store with interest. In other media[ edit ] Film[ edit ] Ina short film directed by Bruce Schwartz was made based on the short story.As Sammy points out, the store is in the center of town, nowhere near the beach, where the girls’ attire would attract less notice.
Sammy’s coworker Stokesie ogles the girls as well, joking around with Sammy as he does so. Sammy jokes along with him, but he feels the contrast between himself, still single, and the married Stokesie.
In the short story "A & P" by John Updike, Sammy thinks of the customers as sheep because they all appear alike to him, and they seem mindless. Just as sheep will flock and follow one another, so.
Sammy. BACK; NEXT ; Character Analysis. Sammy, the year-old narrator of "A&P," is a cashier in an A&P grocery store in a small Massachusetts town. The story he tells takes place on a Thursday afternoon in the summer.
"A&P" author John Updike describes Sammy as "a typical well intentioned male trying to find his way in society". John Updike's very short and spirited story set in the early s of a teenage grocery bagger's quixotic gallantry as a knight protecting the honor of a couple of bikini-clad butterflies on a quick run to the A&P grocery market on a summer's afternoon/5.
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by John Updike. Home / Literature / A&P / Sammy does what he's told, but then he tells Lengel he's quitting. The girls probably hear him, but they don't turn around. Lengel warns Sammy that quitting will ruin his life, but Sammy turns in his apron and bow tie and saunters out into the parking lot.
If he was hoping to find the girls, he's.