Analysis Of Ray Miller 's Work Essay

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Work gives life meaning. Whether working in an office or at a supermarket in your local neighborhood, it is one’s dream to find a well-paying job to please his necessities. The workplace can either turn out to be the most enjoyable or the most monotonous. This ultimately depends on the workers’ attitude towards their jobs. In Ray Miller’s short story “Work,” the protagonist, Davis, is very unenthusiastic towards his job. He works in a frustrating office environment. Conversely, Sammy, from John Updike’s short story “A&P,” works at a local supermarket named A&P where he is required to ring up groceries for all the customers. His job is rather disappointing until he meets three odd women dressed in bathing suits. The teenage cashiers are excited when they see these girls; however, the manager, Lengel, is not quite as thrilled. He became angry, and told the girls to obey the dress code; this caused Sammy to rise against social orthodoxy and fight for their right to dress freely. As a result of this clash, Sammy quit his job. In both short stories, the narrators reveal their attitudes towards their workplace; they feel that it’s monotonous and insipid. Ray Miller creates his character to follow basic societal norms, such as staying at the office until his co-workers decide to go home; whereas John Updike has Sammy stand up for the girls right at A&P even if it required him to boycott work.
To begin with, the narrators in both of the articles have their own way of revealing…

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