A & P And Lies Character Analysis

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The two stories, A&P and Lies are very similar in the fact that the main characters are very alike. They both possess character traits of a teenager, one of which being the trait judgmental. When Sammy was working in the grocery store, he would make assumptions about the shoppers, however one customer in particular caught his eye. Sammy referred to her as the "queen". However he makes a derogatory comment about her based off of the assumptions he makes. Sammy says "do you really think it's a mind in there or just a little buzz like a bee in a glass jar." (Page 1) Sammy judges the girl based off of what she looks like, he notices the things she buys and what she looks like so immediately he assumes that she's stupid. Sammy acts like he's too…show more content…
"I ring it up again and the customer starts giving me hell...if she'd been born in the right time they would have burned her over in Salem." Instead of apologizing for his error, Sammy blames his own incompetence on the customer. He judges her attitude however she was only angry because of his own mistake. Sammy acts like he did nothing wrong, and he even tries to make a historical comment comparing the customer to a witch. However Sammy mentions that the lady would be burned if she were a witch which is inaccurate, which just goes to show how he has no right to judge this woman, especially because he himself is not perfect. Jack, the main character from Lies is also, in a few instances judgmental. Jack compared himself to his other classmates a lot, "some guys my age are kids, but I'm eighteen and getting married and that's a big difference." Jack believes that because he's getting married that makes him mature. Jack judges his peers because they aren't taking the same path in life that he is. Instead of settling down right away the other kids are deciding to have fun instead of being stuck up inside working all day, which jack judges them
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