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A&P Essay

  • Submitted by: dv9843
  • on September 18, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,026 words

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In John Updike’s short story, “A&P”, a first person narration is carried out by a 19-year-old boy, Sammy. As a cashier at the A&P, Sammy reveals many of his observations he has had in the past, and observations he has while three girls walk into the store wearing revealing bathing suites. This occurrence in the store spurs emotions from the men working there, the manager Lengel, and the girls that walk in. While Updike develops a first person narration in Sammy that is casual, gracefully descriptive, and hormone-driven, “A&P” beholds a theme of women having a strong transformative power over men.
As the three girls walk into the A&P wearing bikinis, an act that was certainly unacceptable for the story’s time period (most likely the 1960s), these girls are doing this strictly for shock value. In paragraph two, the persona of the girls is introduced by the narrator, Sammy: “You never know for sure how girls’ minds work but you got the idea she had talked the other two into coming in here with her, and now she was showing them how to do it, walk slow and hold yourself straight” (Updike 418). As Sammy describes how he believes that the third girl, “Queenie”, is the instigator, he also degrades the girls by claiming that one can never figure out how a girl’s mind truly works. It is with Sammy’s casual narration that highlights the sexual appeal the girls display in the store.
The three girls enter the A&P knowing what they are doing and what they want to accomplish; that is, they are there to gain the attention of the men working at the store. The reader sees Sammy’s loose and informal narration and display of sexual power that the girls have over the men in paragraph three.   “She had on a kind of dirty-pink—beige maybe, I don’t know – bathing suit with a little nubble all over it, and, what got me, the straps were down” (Updike 418). One of the first observations Sammy makes of Queenie is that she has her bikini straps down. This observation shows...

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