John Updikes A & P, Choices And Consequences Essay

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In John Updikes A&P, choices and consequences are portrayed as a fundamental and recurring theme throughout the story. The story is about a 19 year old boy named Sammy, who works as a check-out clerk at the local grocery store in town. On Thursday three girls coming from the local beach, 5miles away walked in to the store with bikinis one and no shoes. The A&P store Sammy works at is an everyday run at the mill kind of place; “if you stand in at the front doors you can see two banks and the congregational church and the newspaper store and three real-estates offices…there’s people in this town haven’t seen the ocean for twenty years” (236). This detail of the surrounding gives us the feeling that this town is small and everything around it is familiar and often taken for granted. Sammy himself even though he’s only 19 years old, you get the feeling he’s been working there for quite a while. When he is eyeing the three girls in bikinis walk around the store he says to himself “all three of them went up the cat-and-dog-food-breakfast-cereal-macaroni-rice-raisins-seasonings-spreads-spaghetti…cookies aisle” (235). Sammy almost said this in a sarcastic way, which makes us think he’s been working there too long and it this job is boring for a young teenager.
John Updike’s writing of Sammy is about a young man struggling with his freedom as a young adult, challenging authority, and finding his morality. Even though Sammy knows the value of working and earns money, in this small…

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