Role Of Conflict In John Updike's A & P

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All the while Sammy is making these judgements and joking with his fellow workers about the girls, Sammy’s manager is also observing the girls. Unlike Sammy, his manager clearly does not believe that the girls are dressed appropriately to walk around in the “A & P”. Eventually, Sammy’s manager requests that the girls leave the store. This is ultimately when the largest conflict in the story begins. According to the student analysis by Nancy Lager on page 1584 of The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature, Lengel, “As “manager” (563), he is both the guardian and enforcer of “policy” (563)”. While the girls are in the store the manager continues to follow the girls with his “electric eye” (Updike 564) and makes his presence known to the girls.

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